Sacrifice by Leonardo Bistolfi Altare della Patria

 In Ornamentation, Travelscapes

If you would only stop comparing yourself to the next person, you will realize there is so much things to be grateful for. When there is no basis for comparison, you will start to see the uniqueness of your own life as it really is. As Randy Pausch said in the last lecture, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

There is so much in life that we can’t control. Even when we reach the end of days, our lives are never truly ours to begin with.

Looking back when I took this photo, there was an immerse sense of gratitude. Just to be able to visit Rome and stand in awe before these amazing masterpiece from the greatest artists is a dream come true. Ever since I picked up photography from that place of gratitude, I wanted to pay it forward by sharing what I found beautiful in our world. I truly believe that all artists and creatives have done an immense service to the world. Without them, the world won’t be as beautiful as it can be today. There are some that even dedicate their whole lives in that service, not getting much in the way of worldly returns. They just hope that the little they can give will change and impact the life of another.

I have always wondered about the real purpose behind a man’s short existence in life. Coincidentally I came across Michael Jackson’s Heal the World on radio the other day. Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race. Heal the world we live in, save it for our children.

I think that pretty much sums it all up.

Leave the world a better place than you found it…we at least owe that much to our next generation.

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    I am struck by the power of the monument against the dramatic sky and the image it creates. Well done, Darren! And I admire those who so willingly and selflessly give of themselves to make our world a better place but I also admire those who, like yourself, recognize how simple it is to be creatively generous and share beauty through art or photography, music or poetry or everyday kindness to others. In this very troubled world, there is still much beauty and for that I am grateful.

    • Darren Song Ng

      Greetings dear Ann! Thank you so much for your beautiful comments as always. We do live in a troubled world or so it seems, since negativity is mostly what we find on media. I find it hard to even look at my facebook stream nowadays based on what people are sharing. The real world though is not really what the media makes it out to be. For every bad you find, good is never far behind. I am grateful to be able to seek out all that is beautiful and good in the world. Take good care my dear friend! 🙂

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