Simple joy photo project, week two: Matilda and the labyrinth

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Week 2.

Meandering Joy.

When Matilda and I play chess, here’s what happens. We set up the pieces as you would expect. Line our opposing pawns in a row. Stand the king, queen, rook, bishop, what have you, behind them. And then we take turns moving pieces. Now for the interesting part. Any piece can go anywhere at any time. You’re allowed to land on this spot or that and if a space is already occupied? Perfectly acceptable then to jointly share the square. Her only objective is really, to get to the other side of the board. It’s a weird way to play and some might ask where is the fun and strategy in that? After a few attempts at explaining pieces and how they each are supposed to move, I remembered that Matilda is four. Better still, she doesn’t care.

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So I let go and play her way.

Seemingly at random I choose my moves and waddle a piece diagonally. Hop and skip another piece straight ahead. Then this piece. Then this one. While we alternate, Matilda is doing her own thing and I am doing mine. We cross paths. We bump into each other. We glide past each other. We stop to chat. Eventually I make it to the other side. And so does she. It’s amazing that we both win.

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“Being in a labyrinth is the very adventure you wanted to have. You didn’t want to see everything, know everything ahead, and be able to make your dreams come true with a snap of your fingers. You wanted the challenge of the journey, because only through overcoming challenges would you have the real happiness and fulfillment that every human being is searching for.” –Rhonda Byrne, From Hero.

Every time I thought of my own life’s labyrinth last week, I honest to goodness smiled. Meandering joy. I’m figuring it out one turn, one move at a time. Crossing and bumping and gliding and stopping and taking my turn again and again. All the while others in the game are doing similarly yet not exactly the same.

I’m making it across to the other side. We all are. And feeling fulfilled and happy, if I can (and I can), in as many landing squares along the way.

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Simple joy pics of the week:

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Want to know more about this photography project? Here is an explanation and Simple Joy, week 1. 


Tell me about your simple joy from last week below. Was it meandering too? Or different? 

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I'm a mom of five, wife to one, life-long Louisvillian. Six years ago I put down the key to my middle school classroom and picked up a camera instead. Now a pro photographer, writer and activist, I blog to share with you those passions and to spread good feelings through the words and pictures you find here.

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9 Comments… add one

January 13, 2014, 2:36 pm

One of my biggest joys each week is to see your pictures, my friend.
“the challenge of the journey” – I love that.
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erin margolin
January 13, 2014, 3:47 pm

Oh how I love all of these and this idea for your new project!! The one with the buckets on the couch is my favorite. You have such a keen eye and a knack for this. I wish you could come to my house!! xoxo

Elaine A.
January 13, 2014, 5:05 pm

Sarah, you really DO capture the joy, every time. You are a master at it. And I admire that so much. I love the buckets on the couch too. :)

Kim January 13, 2014, 6:16 pm

I love love love those photos, Sarah. They really do show the beauty of those little moments – like when we are playing games and eating cereal. Lovely!
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Jennifer January 13, 2014, 7:06 pm

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love. That’s a lot of love. I feel it all.
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January 14, 2014, 12:14 am

The chess playing analogy? Love.
Tilly dancing in her princess dress? Love.
This weekly photography project? Love.
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Galit Breen
January 14, 2014, 2:59 am

This is so, so stunning, Sarah! Joyful, indeed! xo
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January 14, 2014, 3:05 am

Toes and static and dancing and LEAPING!
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Alma January 16, 2014, 4:04 am

I could live in these photos.
That Matilda has my heart. She is such a beautiful spirited girl.
Love these pictures and your chess analogy.
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