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We've Only Just Begun (8831 TM) by WayneBenedet We've Only Just Begun (8831 TM) by WayneBenedet

We've only just begun
To live,
White lace and promises
A kiss for luck and we're on our way
We've only begun
(The Carpenters)

So much of our lives are built around promises. In fact every known human society bases or has based many of its most important life decisions, simply on a promise. It is, in some ways the very basis of social life as we know it. Yet, as we all have experienced, those very things that appear so promising one day tarnish and rust in another. Not that the tarnish and rust necessarily brings and end to the promise. For many promises are renewed daily, and in the renewal they bring new live and hope, longevity and tolerance that so many of us wish for. In my mind, the best promises are those that allows the "other" to grow and develop without preconceived ideas or expectations and in that process to develop a connection of deeper trust. These are really the only relationships of value, for they last in some cases a life time.

So at this time of year, I want to pause in my own life, and look at some of the promises that I have made. Where possible I want to renew, strengthen and deepen them. And finally it is my hope that each of you who take the time to look at this image and read my thoughts will also look at your promises, and try to find ways to make them grow deep and strong, so that even when they are rusted and tarnished, they are still loved.


A farm house in rural Manitoba.

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:iconsoiman:
soiman Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
Perfection! 
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Reeseflood Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Photographer
that house is huge were is it i would love to go to it any get some pictures!!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Right....:D
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bluemangoimages Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!
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SchwarzWieEbenholZ Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013   Photographer
cool house :)
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Rockin-billy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Such a great capture :D
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
When I look at this shot, I think...take cover! Great work!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
thanks
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
For a time I lived in tornado alley...not fun!
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent thought, and great pix.
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MusicSurvivor Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Great picture and words. Love it! :+favlove:
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:iconerene:
erene Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Love the composition and mood of this capture!
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namstrap Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Beautiful capture !
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FlyingFatality Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love the patina of the chipping paint with the added dark clouds in the background. It looks very ominous and very pretty.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
there is indeed something about this house that attracts. I clearly remember the day I took it too. I thought I was finished, then the sun broke out and lit up the house for just a few minutes. I quickly re-took a number of images. That sun beam made all the difference.
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FlyingFatality Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It certainly did. I love the way it looks, lit up so nicely while the storm clouds hang in the background. <3 It really makes a person stop for a moment to take it all in.
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BabyJoy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
It seems so ominous. Like something from a dream. Or nightmare. Beautiful.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
thanks
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Journie Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That's beautiful! I love that. Great job! :iconcloudeweplz:
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Thanks
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Journie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem
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julailala Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
wow!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
:)
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MtnBikeMan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
:)
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PiccoloFreakNamick Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
cool! ould I refer this pic?
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KILUncle Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Nice.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
thanks you
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Excellent work! :clap:
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
:)
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silverlakephotos Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Awesome shot. Love the clouds in the back ground. They add so much to this shot.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
thank you.
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silverlakephotos Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
You are welcome.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said Wayne,, and well portrayed
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
thanks David
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
beautiful!! Excellent composition!!!!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
thanks Dave
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
your so welcome Wayne
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is pure purr-fection :) love how the tree seems to support the house :)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
thanks, I think it is a very good image that turned out better than I had hoped.
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BishieMagazine Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I love the Carpenters and this photo~<3 V u V
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
:)
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Enano3355 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Is perfect!!!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
thank you
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This was my all time favorite and seems I have always tried to believe in promises, thank you so much for your wonderful thoughts!! Merry Christmas dear friend!!!
Merry Christmas !!! :glomp: Happy New Year!! :wave:
Cindy
:heart:
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
thanks Cindy,

I hope you have a great day tomorrow and many more in the New Year.
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank so much!!! :love:
Cindy
:heart:
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finhead4ever Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Nice photo!

That Carpenters song was played at my 8th grade graduation... I still remember it in the auditorium, wondering what was next in life...
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
very good memories.
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