Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May 5th, 2010 Word for Today: Yin-Yang

"Yin - Yang"

In Chinese culture, Yin and Yang represent the two opposite principles in nature. Yin characterizes the feminine or negative nature of things and yang stands for the masculine or positive side.

The meaning of Yin-Yang ... This Simbol(Yin-Yang) represents the ancient Chinese understanding of how things work. The outer circle represents "everything", while the black and white shapes within the circle represent the interaction of two energies, called "yin" (black) and "yang" (white), which cause everything to happen.

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I thought about my today, the country's today and there were so many opposites.  Since every day actually does contain many opposites, it seemed Yin-Yang had to be the word for today as well as any other day.

What AM I talking about?  The floods around Nashville today and the beautiful, quiet save the birds singing and creek flowing, day it is here in East Tennessee. 

Remember the line and a famous book, "It was the best of times...the worst of times...." ?  Well, I think all time is like that.  Somewhere it's a terrible day or even a tragic day while somewhere it's nothing if not perfect.

Today I am content.  My household chores are caught up and I have time to blog and think.  The sun is shinning, temperatures and humidity couldn't be more perfect, birds are happy, creek's not too high or too low, my family are all OK for now. 

Today some have lost all their worldly posessions in a flood, some have lost friends and family in the flood, rain may return in a few days and the world is somber, cheerless and terrible.

"Yin - Yang" is the word.

(All photos by Janet Toney, please request permission before 'borrowing' any photograph.)


  1. I totally agree. I was so glad to get home from work (the best of times), but there was nothing to eat (worst of times). Yin-yang!

    Your photographs are wonderful! Great job!

  2. Glad I found you via your comment on The Blood Red Pencil. Any friend of Tracy's is a friend of mine. LOL