Favour and Loss of it Both Disturb Us

For all of April, I’m going wordless for the A to Z Challenge.

The title of each post is a phrase/ sentence that inspires me as a
writer, and below is a picture I think best embodies it. In the
comments, I invite you to discuss what the phrase means to you, as a person, a
reader, or whatever other role you might choose for yourself in life.

Favour and Loss of it Both Disturb Us: Image via Ray

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  1. ermurray

    Love the title of this post – makes me think of how we're always seeking favour – within family, friends, society, and yet are somewhat distrustful of it. It makes me think about pack mentality – bullying, catastrophes, dictatorships – but also makes me think about bravery and gentleness, where many voices can make a difference. The image is wonderful too. Water – perfect harmony, completely necessary and yet, can be so damaging/dangerous.

  2. Cynthia

    It just so happens that I was looking out onto a lake today with my child and I was explaining to him about what ripples are. Your pic reminds me of the pretty lake I saw today.

  3. Saronai Aldarion

    I can't tell if my comment is making it through at all, no verification or anything…so sorry if I spammed multiple copies of it. The page simply reloads and then there's nothing.

    I wrote:

    Interesting thought. To me, the phrase conjures more than a few meanings. The most obvious and first in my mind, when we lose favour, we are disturbed, likewise, we are occasionally disturbed by those that gain favour and why (and with whom), whether from pure jealousy (Can't believe they liked her book better than mine! Her book is trash!) or a genuinely boggled mind.

    No one likes to think they're losing favour, though some deal with it better than others (even if it bugs them on a very minor and brief level). In line with that, as we measure and compare ourselves to those around us, we feel favour lost when something we deem less in comparison rises above regardless.

    The ripples make it interesting (for me anyway). There are many, heading out in a circle. It brings my thoughts back to how we're all connected. We should spend less time comparing ourselves to and competing with each other, and just focus on being the best part of the ripples we can, groove and valley alike.

    Likewise, when we spend entirely too much time in comparison and competition, we make unnecessary waves in life, stressing the fabric of it until we bend out of shape, contorted and disturbed from a smooth course.

    –Saronai

    http://musesings.wordpress.com

  4. musesings

    Interesting thought. To me, the phrase conjures more than a few meanings. The most obvious and first in my mind, when we lose favour, we are disturbed, likewise, we are occasionally disturbed by those that gain favour and why (and with whom), whether from pure jealousy (Can't believe they liked her book better than mine! Her book is trash!) or a genuinely boggled mind.

    No one likes to think they're losing favour, though some deal with it better than others (even if it bugs them on a very minor and brief level). In line with that, as we measure and compare ourselves to those around us, we feel favour lost when something we deem less in comparison rises above regardless.

    The ripples make it interesting (for me anyway). There are many, heading out in a circle. It brings my thoughts back to how we're all connected. We should spend less time comparing ourselves to and competing with each other, and just focus on being the best part of the ripples we can, groove and valley alike.

    Likewise, when we spend entirely too much time in comparison and competition, we make unnecessary waves in life, stressing the fabric of it until we bend out of shape, contorted and disturbed from a smooth course.

  5. musesings

    Interesting thought. To me, the phrase conjures more than a few meanings. The most obvious and first in my mind, when we lose favour, we are disturbed, likewise, we are occasionally disturbed by those that gain favour and why (and with whom), whether from pure jealousy (Can't believe they liked her book better than mine! Her book is trash!) or a genuinely boggled mind.

    No one likes to think they're losing favour, though some deal with it better than others (even if it bugs them on a very minor and brief level). In line with that, as we measure and compare ourselves to those around us, we feel favour lost when something we deem less in comparison rises above regardless.

    The ripples make it interesting (for me anyway). There are many, heading out in a circle. It brings my thoughts back to how we're all connected. We should spend less time comparing ourselves to and competing with each other, and just focus on being the best part of the ripples we can, groove and valley alike.

    Likewise, when we spend entirely too much time in comparison and competition, we make unnecessary waves in life, stressing the fabric of it until we bend out of shape, contorted and disturbed from a smooth course.

  6. Jarm Del Boccio

    I never want to be out of favour with anyone…that would be extremely distressing to me. Hurting people's feelings is troubling to me, so I compensate by sometimes not telling the full truth, when asked my opinion.
    Thanks for being willing to co-host the Challenge!

    MakingtheWriteConnections

  7. Kern Windwraith

    I love your theme this year, and the thoughtful, thought-provoking titles paired with the photographs. Favour can be as disturbing as it is welcome–we're such complicated creatures, aren't we?

  8. Grammy

    I see this statement as saying favor and the loss of it both can bring disillusion. Sometimes the favor is not worth the troubles it can bring. Best regards to you, my friend.

  9. Kristen Dyrr

    Too much of anything you need in life is bad, and a lack of the thing you need is also bad. That includes water, food, companionship. Perhaps there's no such thing as too much "love," but that depends on what is meant by it… saying the word to much is annoying, but having a life filled with love must be pretty nice. 🙂

    From A to Z, Kristen's blog: kristenhead.blogspot.com

  10. Margot

    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven – Sometimes the difficult things in life are blessings in disguise. It is some times hard to tell what is if favor. Of the loss sometimes it is simply pruning to make way for new growth. I suppose all change is disturbing because it pushes us out of our comfort zone into the unknown.

    Beautiful photo.

    Margot at A Devotional Mosaic and Spark My Creativity

  11. Julia Phillips Smith

    The ripple image for favour as being both a good thing and a bad thing is a wonderful choice. When nothing is happening in our lives, the stillness can feel so dull, but it can also be a calm refuge. Too much 'favour' and no one will leave us in peace!

  12. Jaimie

    I think it's because we don't deserve favor, from anyone (but especially God!), but we need and desire it so much that it hurts when we lose it, even though it's "disturbing" in a way to have it.

    Thought-provoking post.

    Jaimie
    Living in the Light
    A to Z Ambassador

  13. Tina

    When I saw the water all I could think of was dropping something precious into it and never seeing it again. But other than that, I think loverofwords summed up my feelings quite well.

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

  14. Trisha F

    Love that picture! Seeing it makes me wish I was as cool right now as if I was in water – it is still too hot in my part of the world for my liking!

  15. loverofwords

    When I saw the words, the thoughts that came to mind were being in a group, and then our of it — in favor and then not — trials of middle school and high school, but also in the workplace.