Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression


“The future is born of those thoughts and feelings
we are allowing into our experience
right now.”

~ Robyn Lee

Could not help but notice this storefront down the block from the center where I had my spine procedure Thursday. I took pause for a moment, wondering if anyone truly had the ability to see into the future, and would it even serve me  to have such information?  Quickly I took a photo and moved on. While prepped and waiting, I thought more about the concept of future, and conjured up the quotation (above).  A certain calm came over me at this point.

Sending everyone gratitude and appreciation for all the wonderful wishes, and wise comments shared on my blog post Wednesday. They really gave me a much-needed lift. I so appreciate the exceptional sense community we share here!

As an update, I  did well with the procedure (barring a few moans and screams) and will know how effective it was over the next several days. If it works, my family will need to hide my roller blades :).

In the meantime…still moving in the direction of hope and faith, and paying attention to those thoughts and feelings I’m inviting into my experience right now!

Much Love ~ RL

38 responses

  1. Sending positive energy for a speedy recovery! I too have come to appreciate the feeling of community we are all building getting through those trying times.

    April 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM

  2. I agree with Lisa – it is an extraordinary community. Robyn, your quotations are inspiring. Thinking of you and hoping the next few days pan out well and you can get onto those rollers!

    April 28, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    • Yes Jules…never really expected that when I began here. Special. Thanks for your sweet comment about my quotes. When they come to me, it’s great fun. Thanks to you for giving me that little push to attempt creating my own sometimes!! Doubt highly roller blades are in my future – but one can dream!

      April 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM

  3. good to see you back, hopefully all went well

    April 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    • Thank you Dean…yes – all is well for now. Will be a few days to judge if the ordeal was helpful!

      April 28, 2012 at 12:42 AM

  4. you on your roller blades and me on my bicycle-with patience-yahoo! I am healing and so are you! 🙂

    April 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM

  5. Bicycle sounds good to me too Jane! I was mostly kidding about the blades – but it’s a nice fantasy. Will be happy with decreased pain and nature walks! Healing to all! Hope you are ok…injury?

    April 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM

  6. It sure is a vision to ponder although anticipating fate is yesterday.
    Asleep for the medium. For your multicolored doorway.
    Never balm your knowing chess : )
    You’re such a fighter medicinal amazement (hugs from Texas)

    April 28, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    • So wise Mari… “asleep for the medium” – yes! “multicolored doorway” – oooo – “…my knowing chess” – that’s the hard part 🙂 Thank you for helping me to remember these universal truths:) (Hugs back to Texas!!)

      April 28, 2012 at 1:22 AM

  7. recoverythrumylens

    Sounds hopeful…and enjoyed this image…a more citified view from a beach bum like you…:)

    April 28, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    • Thanks Meryl.. so glad you liked my diversion from the natural world and into the urban jungle for a spell! You know I prefer the beach – but variety is the spice of life – right?

      April 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

  8. Just stumbled onto your site. I love your eye for beauty through the lens. just to look at you I never would have dreamed you could have so many physical problems. You look so healthy and wholesome! I admire your choice to stay positive. I have always found that faith delivers a better life than fear, and gratitude a better life than remorse. You deserve something good to happen. I hope this is it.

    April 28, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    • So appreciate your visit, and thank you so much for your kind comment. Yes, I’ve been told time and time again that my external appearance and persona do not reflect the physical pain I endure. I never know if that is a good thing. I do work hard to do whatever is in my power to disallow the pain to dictate my true self. I suppose that is a healthy approach? I can only do my best on this journey, and that is always my goal. Thank you for your encouragement and warm wishes for good things ahead. Blessings always!

      April 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      • It is a good thing because…people would not listen to you…or be attracted to you otherwise…because you are an example of something to be admired…a perspective we all value…you are able to “influence” others…and is there any better thing than to be able to influence others to a greater life, a more powerful existence? Your path may not have been a fun path, but it is a powerful one. However, it is powerful only because you chose to make the most of it. We have the power. In case you wonder, I am a very strong believer in God. My perspective may sound ‘new age’, I suppose. But believe me, my knowledge of the supernatural is completely Biblical. Hope you’re o.k. with that. Looking forward to more of your “winner” attitude!

        April 28, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      • Thanks secular… your comment is quite thoughtful. Lots to ponder. oh, and perfectly ok with spiritual commitment in whatever form it may take. God is everywhere:)

        April 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

  9. It’s a lovely quote, love it!

    April 28, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    • So glad poojycat!! I keep needing to revisit it…makes me feel like I have a little bit of say here 🙂

      April 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      • I am sure there is more to say than little bit… by the end of the day we have to remember that it is our future and I have this feeling that we play big role in creating it 😉 I hope you are experiencing many of positive thoughts and feelings right now! All the best!

        April 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

  10. Hooray for hope! Once again you inspire us and i certainly hope that the strain on my brow from sending all these positive thoughts actually reaches you :))))

    April 28, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    • Hey you — no straining those brows you hear?! We don’t need you getting any wrinkles on my account too! 🙂 Thanks for your genuine caring and support David. Truly appreciate!

      April 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      • It just flows back and forth, Robyn:)

        April 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

  11. Mindy

    Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you. oxo Mindy

    April 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    • Thanks Mindy…not super convinced it will be the ticket yet – but it’s early days! xo

      April 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM

  12. victoriaaphotography

    I REALLY hope this procedure will have positive results too. I was thinking of you very much and wondering if you were having a nerve block of some kind.
    I’d leave the roller blades in the closet and just grab the camera for your photos & pen for your writing – they’ll take you a long way and give immeasurable rewards.

    April 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    • Thanks Victoria. You are so dear to be thinking of me across the world! They went into various joints in my spine and injected large amounts of steroid. Since I’ve had 2 open spine surgeries and then 2 hip surgeries within the same year of the last, the thinking is that I have chronic inflammations causing the joints to move too much and get locked – leading to the agonizing pain. I have a very mobile body-type and my ligaments are overly mobile which, although seemed cool when I was younger and could do party tricks with my body, seems to be a big determent now 😦 Anyway, I agree ~ my roller balding days are likely over, and I will be thrilled to just participate in simple joys of life as you say. You are a great role model given all you have overcome and your passion for the creative life!

      April 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM

  13. Jill

    So true. You have a wonderful way with words and the camera!

    April 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    • Thank you so much Jill… glad you enjoyed this one. A little “edgy” for me to shoot psychic storefronts – but I was drawn to the scene given all the ambiguity I’ve been facing regarding my medical decisions. Hanging on to the quote too, as it keeps me from letting my brain take me to places I need not go! xo

      April 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

  14. Your smile gives us happiness, good to see you again.
    We hope many smiles on you to fall here begins to shine.
    Adiós “Amiga”

    April 28, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    • thanks so much Carlos! Means a lot to hear from you….

      April 29, 2012 at 8:47 PM

  15. May blessings continue to touch you…thank you for sharing with us the world through your lens and eyes. Blessings, Erin

    April 29, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    • Oh Erin, thank you for your caring comment. Can feel the blessings:)

      April 29, 2012 at 8:48 PM

  16. very happy to see you post again and thanks for the update,
    alot of us we’re concerned and saying prayers for you ….

    what you say in your photo post is very true,
    the thoughts and feelings you hold right now
    can be very powerful tools to utilize under many circumstances ….
    wishing you well Robyn:)


    April 29, 2012 at 8:37 PM

  17. Hi Jim…and thank you so much for your lovely post dedicated to me. I just read it and was very touched. Yes – am trying to direct my thoughts and feelings in good direction despite the physical challenges. It’s hard at times when there are unknowns… but so grateful for your good wishes and prayers!

    April 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    • hi Robyn … i had no choice in the matter … had to write it, just had to … my heart is worn on my sleeve and i follow it, is this possible … maybe i walk sideways sometimes … try and utilize your thoughts and feelings as a compass to help find the way if you can, my best wishes and prayers continue for you ….:)

      April 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      • So very touched… You are obviously a special soul Jim. I will try to take your advice and use that compass best I can. Wish I had a better sense of direction with the medical choices sometimes! Very blessed to have people like you in my corner! Sending love and light your way~

        April 30, 2012 at 11:00 PM

  18. Robyn, you are such a beacon of hope and strength. Wishing you all the best — I hope you are beginning to feel the materialization of your current thoughts, hopes and dreams.

    May 5, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    • Thanks from the heart KT. I so appreciate your good thoughts and encouragement. Still doing the work but facing some struggle. Will keep moving forward. Hope all is going your way! RL

      May 6, 2012 at 12:23 AM

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