SETTLE: Today’s photo challenge word made me think of how we easy it is to settle for so much in life. We settle for the easy way out of tough situations. We settle by talking about how difficult something is rather than seeking some answers for making it better. We settle for staying in a relationship because we are fearful of the unknown. We settle for doing the bare minimum, rather than putting some sweat behind the work. We settle by not challenging ourselves to be better, not only to ourselves but to our family, friends, neighbors and complete strangers. We settle by keeping quiet about our faith. And while that single word gave me time for a lot of thinking, I had no idea how to capture the word in a photo. So I snapped this shot from my couch as the late afternoon sun was drifting through the blinds. Settle also means “to make quiet and orderly” and that thought gave me some peacefulness in the moment. We can settle this battle now and proclaim that we don’t need to be a settling society anymore.