Thursday, January 26, 2012

Blog Guelph: Somewhere In Time

University of Guelph Pinhole by cool-baby
University of Guelph Pinhole, a photo by cool-baby on Flickr.

I was actually going to blog about something very different today. In fact, I’d written it out completely – called it Community Starts At Home. It is something I feel very passionate about and I wanted to share my thoughts on how we build communities as individuals by building strong and loving relationships in our personal lives. But, something held me back from posting this today. Maybe the news of a friends passing. Maybe thinking about time. A call to stand away from ego and to think on a deeper matter. The community building piece is maybe not as important as the spiritual building piece and so, moving away from my advocacy for community authenticity, I dedicate my thoughts to a spiritual authenticity today.

Maybe you’ve heard of it or even seen it - Somewhere In Time is very much a cult classic film starring Jane Seymour, Christopher Reeve, and Christopher Plummer about a playwright who becomes obsessed with a photograph of an actress at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. In the film, he travels back through time to be with her and although their destinies are locked into the desperate ill-fated brevity of a displaced but timeless love, the film often comes to my mind in the form of a really powerful tale of destiny.

And although it’s not a deeply remarkable film in and of itself, it has something special. I think it’s the idea that there is this one person, this one destiny, that you’re meant to find - out there somewhere. That the road is not directionless. That we are not lost, but on a path.

That somewhere in time, we will find something profoundly meaningful.

Isn’t this the sort of spiritual thing we all want to believe in? That we can cross over any boundary – even time – to find our place in the deeper well of existence.

To overcome fear.

To find love.

To be greater than ourselves.

To find our true place somewhere in time.


And although I didn’t blog about my topic on communities being built through authentic heart-driven leadership, I do believe we all have a chance in between the sliding hands of the clock, to continue to build these things for ourselves and for our friends and families. To feel our call to a higher meaning and to engage in that daily. Being involved and passionate is one way I know how to do that.

We have such a great city with so many passionate people. I’m so proud.

Please, if you are free, be involved with Fourth Fridays tomorrow. Also, I’d love to have you join my Photo Mob. We meet at 7pm at the entrance to Old Quebec Street Mall.

Hope to see you there.

Somewhere in time.

~ Aidan M.D. Ware


EcoBravo said...

What a lovely piece. Too bad I saw the Fourth Fridays website too late for today. Although I don't live there, I can promote it to my Guelph friends and family. Thank you!

Aidan M.D. Ware said...

Thank you for your comments! Really appreciate your reading!!

Hope to see you at the next Fourth Friday in February!


For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.