Sending a Little Bit of Love to Paris

posted by Sharon January 13, 2015 29 Comments

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me,
Give a little bit
I’ll give a little bit of my love to you.

The sad news out of Paris last week captured our hearts. We visited this magnificent city a few months ago and fell in love with its history and elegance and vitality. The city gave us days of wonder, and I fell more than a little bit in love with Paris. No surprise, right? We had walked and walked, taking in the ambiance, the views of the Eiffel Tower, the bridges decorated with gold. In particular, I noticed the beauty of some of the doorways  as we wandered the streets of the City of Light.

When you see a door that’s worn with life, don’t you want to know what’s inside? Don’t you want to open it and hear the stories of the people who’ve gone in and out?

At the same time as the news of the killings at Charlie Hebdo last week, I was casting around for a word to focus on in 2015. As I admired the spirit of resilience shown in Paris and around the world in the face of tragedy, I was also pondering the way I want to approach life this year. Paris and doors and courage swirled in my mind.

And so, a word for 2015 emerged clearly.

OPEN. This is the way I want to go through 2015. Beginnings and endings and adventures are bound to fill the year. Forging ahead with a mindset of OPEN will give me courage to tackle some new challenges. I’ll be more likely to make the effort to learn, explore, expand my interests. Be up for new experiences.

The coming year will bring some interesting doors, and I can choose to open them and walk through. If one of these doors happens to be the opportunity to plan another trip to Paris, I’ll be flinging that one wide open!

Meanwhile, I’ll be thinking of Paris, cheering on the unity and courage of the people there — sending my little bit of love.

How about you? Have you chosen a word to focus on this year?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays.The first photo is edited with Kim Klassen’s texture Simplicity. Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme song this week is “Give a Little Bit of Your Love to Me” by Roger Hodgson.

 

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29 Comments

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Judith Bigley January 13, 2015 at 2:56 am

I find a word to focus on each year, and I am tossed between , Wisdom, and Grace. I like to wonder where byways go and who has traveled them.

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prairiejill January 13, 2015 at 6:15 am

Beautiful series of photographs!

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elizabethfstewart January 13, 2015 at 6:38 am

So very beautiful! I want to visit France so much!

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odile January 13, 2015 at 8:54 am

Such beautiful pictures of doors in Paris Sharon! Thank you so much for your heartful and moving words and your empathetic concern about the tragic events french people have lived last week… you’ve done a nice texture work on your first picture which frames beautifully this old door with a painterly effect. Great post too… as a french woman I was deeply moved by your words and thoughts… yes OPEN is a very positive concept so well pictured with this opening door on a paved court… maybe, for the same reasons you’ve mentionned, I’ll choose SHARE and will try to stick to this idea all along 2015, Enjoy this new year Sharon!

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Tamar January 13, 2015 at 10:08 am

This was so well written and photographed, Sharon! What amazing doors. May they only open for you this year!

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buckeroomama1 January 13, 2015 at 11:28 am

Lovely photos! Perfect shots for your word. Here’s to open doors in 2015!

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Ruth Anne January 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Beautiful series. And beautiful reflections to go along with them!

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Kathy January 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm

It’s always so intriguing to me how people come up with their words for the new year, and what inspires them. Your story is no exception. #JesuisCharlie. Paris, the city of eternal light, won’t be dimmed. Thanks for sharing at Song-ography.

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Sharon Furner January 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm

How special your visit to Paris was and will be again. It seems like so many places one can travel to, doors are truly an open invitation to visit and linger longer. They are the gateway into another’s life and culture. Your photos are crisp, clean and so colorful.
Your words are heartfelt by so many….we all need to share unconditional love for others.
The best of a New Year to you.

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Sheila January 13, 2015 at 7:26 pm

So pretty! Such a lovely set of images.

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Nicki January 13, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Great tribute and sampling of some splendid doors – so many stories to be sure.

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Abrianna January 13, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Those doors are all gorgeous.

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Dotti January 13, 2015 at 9:35 pm

Wonderful word and I love the use of doors to illustrate the opportunities. Yes, the news out of Paris is heartbreaking. We hope to fall in love with Paris this summer.

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queenie January 14, 2015 at 2:36 am

I love your post about Paris…we were there in April and then went on to the South of France…both of which we loved…our intention is to go back someday…Paris is gorgeous and friendly and oh so lovely…we have been twice…One does not tire of it…
Love the doorways…such color…right.
Open is a great word for a new year…keep all your possibilities open.
I chose nourish….

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Cheryl January 14, 2015 at 2:38 am

I’m not sure where Queenie came from but the above post should read Cheryl…hope I’ve fixed it.

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createdforajourney January 14, 2015 at 2:44 am

Such a beautiful city to have suffered so much pain last week. I love the shots of all the doors and yes I bet they could tell some very interesting stories….

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Life Images by Jill January 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

What a beautiful post – words and images and thoughts.
I love all these beautiful doors. When I see doors like this I too want to knock and go inside. What stories these old doors have.
So tragic the happenings in Paris. It is such a beautiful city. I LOVED Paris. And hope too to go back one day.
My word for 2015 – “new beginnings” as I plan a few changes in my life

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ericasta January 14, 2015 at 8:30 am

Love the thoughts and worm words …. It’s true, we are shocked about the terrible act in Paris!
xoxo Heidrun

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Pieni Lintu January 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Beautiful shots!!

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Barbara January 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm

I love your shots, and your words. You are right: we need to OPEN our door and others doors. We need to know more about each other cultures and to accept others. What happened to Paris was unbelievable and so sad…

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rebeccahaegele January 14, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Great post. Such a sad thing to remember.

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Mary Lynn Eisenbarth January 14, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Wonderful post Sharon…..I am pondering today my word…..thank you for sharing with me.

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Lisa Mallette January 14, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Love Love Love the doors!! What a thoughtful post….

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Earl January 14, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Fantastic set of door photographs. The first image is just beautiful. I especialluy liked your images of the door hardware. What fantastic pieces of metal artwork. Beautifully done.

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Lisa @ SLP January 15, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Beautiful. I collected doors while we were in Europe. not literally, in photos. They are so beautiful over there, and what a fabulous word for the year.

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mmatuche January 16, 2015 at 12:44 am

I thought I was the only one who took pictures of doors! Yes– I agree, France is full of beautiful doors! Thanks for sharing your “open” doors. — Michele at Sweet Leaf Notebook

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Anne@Grit and Giggles January 17, 2015 at 3:46 am

An amazing array of doors. I find the ones with the metal arch at the bottom interesting, I wonder what it is for. Open is a good word … may you be open to all life brings you this year.

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jade January 20, 2015 at 6:16 am

Such beautiful doorways! I love all the colors.

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Carolyn January 27, 2015 at 1:43 am

Wow, I love this post, Sharon, and the gorgeous photography. I plan to open the “doors of learning” for my students this new year!

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