This image was the grand prize winner in Smithsonian Magazine’s Photo Contest in 2010. Over 4,500 photographs flooded in from all over the world—105 countries in all—to compete in five categories: Altered Images, Americana, The Natural World, People and Travel. Ultimately, a panel of judges on the magazine staff chose 50 finalists, and of those, they selected five category winners and one grand prize winner while Smithsonian.com readers voted for their favorite image online.
To take the grand prize winning photograph, Kyaw Kyaw Winn didn’t have to go far. He traveled from his home in Yangon to the countryside of old Bagan to capture an image of young Buddhist monks. “You can see monks everywhere in Myanmar,” he told Smithsonian. “I am Burmese and I like our traditional culture and want to share it with other people around the world.”
Gratefulness.org is a wonderful website dedicated to the education and practice of grateful living inspired by the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast and colleagues. The particular web page I wish to share today is concerning the economy of grateful living, an economy based not on scarcity but on sufficiency, both globally and individually. Clicking on the link below will take you to the full article which provides more information.
Friend, even if you cannot picture your future, do not despair.
All dreams of the future are already in the past.
Your true future is already taking care of itself.
The present moment is your home, never coming, never going.
It can be trusted, so breathe it in.
– Jeff Foster