Tuesday, April 24, 2012

W4W: Inspiration for the Underprivileged

Inspiration is usually something or an agent that influence someone to create or move forward. A normal meaning is the arousal of the mind to a special unusual activity or creativity. Different status of people might be inspired to do different things. It has always been said that artistic pursuits are difficult to pursue with an empty stomach! I don't know if there are researches done in that context, but I am sure there are also artists, inventors or creators who did their masterpiece even when hungry. But they  might be the exemptions. They say higher pursuits of the mind can only be done after feeding the physical body. So that might have been said as a general observation or felt reality. Literally, it is really difficult for me to think or do something with my hands when i am hungry. 
 This is a papaya with fruits, might not be plenty but still productive.

 This is the condition of the papaya's environment, who would think it will still thrive and produce the fruits above! 

 This is another productively fruiting papaya plant i took at different time and at different location. Both these trees persistently thrive on unusual and deprived environment; a crack on a cement floor, no water nor food given to them. Other plants might not be able to do what the papaya does. 

My posts are all inspirations for the underprivileged souls, the hungry and the needy, those deprived of normal sustenance, the handicapped and the orphans, the homeless too. These we have plenty in these country. These photos might inspire them to persist, fight circumstances and move on! They will not see this posts, how can they know how to blog when they don't even get enough food for their own body! I hope this will instead inspire those of us who are more privileged in this life, more knowledgeable, more understanding, more capable of giving and helping, and more time to think of artistic pursuits than delving on the mundane. The papaya is only persisting to maintain the species, we are persisting to help one another because WE ARE ONE! A small pain in our little finger is felt by our whole body, and that is analogous to one pained soul in the planet. 


A juvenile plant thriving also on the cemented roadside. It looks luxuriantly healthy even in this very deprived conditions. 


The above is a fern without even a slight show of vehemence or harshness in growing. It looks happy and green, ready to fight more rigid environmental conditions. 

The above photo looks like a dead end, but at that end are luxuriously growing plants and trees, ominous of fertile grounds for sustaining life. 

And the different colors of light emanating from a partition in the trees' canopy, provide sustenance to the small plants and organisms below. 

This is linked to Word for Wednesday at Donna's Garden Walk Garden Talk.


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27 comments:

  1. Wish we could grow papayas here, gorgeous foliage!

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    1. Mark and Gaz, wait until you see my papaya shot with purple peduncles and purple fruit flesh. I don't eat yellow or common papayas but i eat the purplish papaya! Exotic huh!

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  2. I can't believe that papaya grows in that little tiny area. Guess it's one very determined plant.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Yes Cher, papaya can be the national tree of the bewildered, disenchanted, distressed and at the lowest point in their lives! Talk of persistence, determination and stepping on the flaws of life, papaya has it!

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  3. I was so amazed the Papaya grows in conditions like these. It really does give inspiration to those facing hardships. The W4W linking post will appear on Wednesday. I hope you join along.

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    1. Yes Donna, i was the first one to link at the W4W meme. As I replied to Cher and Photo Cache, papaya can be the national tree for those facing hardships! Is this not an unusual "inspiration" take!

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  4. Love your pictures Andrea. Beautiful sunlight through the tree. Love the papaya plant. I can grow them here in the summer...just as long as I water them regularly. Hope you're having a good week:) Kreesh

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    1. hi Kreesh, i have not been visiting much blogs these last few days, including yours. I've been somewhere different, not allowed to post here! But i had a wonderful weekend, tired but awed!

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  5. does this mean that the soil underneath is so rich that it can sustain such plenty?

    stay cool. i hear the summer heat is brutal this year.

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    1. Yes Photo Cache, that surely is the case. And it might look very difficult to us, but the moisture under that thick cement floor might be conserved, did not evaporate fast, and the papaya roots reached that moisture fairly well. Those are volunteer seeds, that makes them interesting.

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  6. That is impressive that they papaya tree can tolerate such conditions. And I do think it is our duty to help others who are less fortunate than us. We should do what we can to make the world a better place. Like my mom always said, you leave a place in better condition than you found it!

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    1. Hi Indie, very well said. And the least we can do if we cannot really help in kind is to give them prayers! Thanks for visiting.

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  7. I really like your words -- and your photos. Thanks for a wonderful post.

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  8. Lovely, thoughtful and thought-provoking post, Andrea. That last shot is marvellous!

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    1. Thank you so much Nick! Holley Garden just reminded me (at the bottom), it is a metaphor reminding us how our actions affect others....etc.

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  9. The papaya has great uses for both green and ripe, pickled and for tinola. I have not seen a plant here, but we do have them in the Asian market.

    Back home, even if we throw seeds on the ground, they grow fast!

    Enjoyed your thoughts on this post.

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    1. Yes Ebie, and do you know that now facial masks in some spa contains mostly ripe papaya? I had it once but when i smell of the papaya, i almost yuck because i don't eat nor like the smell of ripe papaya! I am sure those photos i posted here are just seeds thrown there, not intentionally for growing. My friend in Florida succesfully grows papaya in pots, and she gave most of the fruits to friends.

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  10. Andrea, your link is not working from the meme link in page. You must need to reenter the info. It shows as not existing. Another blog has clicked the Blog Hop option and it is not directing to your blog either, so you are missing visitors this way.

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    1. Thanks Donna, I've changed and re-entered the right link now! My sincere appreciation to you.

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  11. Papaya Trees are beautiful. There are two with many (still green) fruits hanging close to my house.

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  12. Papaya Trees (I don't think) can grow here in Illinois. Lovely, that it can provide fruit in such a small growing space of dirt.
    Joyce M

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  13. What a beautiful post. The plants growing in the concrete are amazing. And it is so true that you can not think or create when your stomach is empty. That last photo of the light shining down is a wonderful metaphor of how our actions could affect others, if we wanted to shine our light upon their lives.

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    1. Thank you very much for the appreciation and the kind comments. I love what you said "wonderful metaphor", from now on i will think of this phrase, it inspired me too!

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  14. Andrea, I cannot remove links once they are posted. If Mr. Linky was on my blog I could, but it is a different page. Your new link works fine now. I only mentioned this because other blogs have picked up W4W with Blog Hop and have included all the links. It is funny too, because I am not listed on one of these blogs. I left a comment with my URL, so visitors would know where the meme started.

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  15. Hi Andrea, What a wonderful and thought provoking post! I love that you used images with subtle underlying meanings. The papaya is my favourite, although I really like the last one and its caption. I agree that it is hard to be creative or inspired on an empty stomach. I also think that you need leisure time to write novels or paint pictures. If you are working two jobs or struggling all day in a field to grow crops to feed your family, it unlikely that you are going to come home at day's end and write a book or paint a picture.

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  16. I think it is amazing how much fruit, or even the survival, is given by these papaya trees in such conditions. They must indeed be hardy, hardy plants. Your post was very thoughtful. Inspiration is such a very personal thing, and it needs to be fed.

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    1. Thank you very much Michelle, i agree with you. And yes papaya is a very hardy plant, which i call very determined and persistent. It has to be the idol of the distressed and deprived, LOL.

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