What do you do you when life throws you a curve ball? Often we as human beings spend so much time in the drudgery of the everyday. We forget to pay attention to each and everyone around us that mean something- those that make us happy- those that make it worth getting up in the morning to continue on with our days which may include things we do not like. I am certain that most people do not like some aspect of their lives. There is always something that they can improve on, make better. But isn't that the point of life? To work toward those goals, the quintessential "good life"? We are here to support those we love, care about, cherish to help them become the better being to live the good life. This includes ourselves. Too often we forget about that person that we are supposed to love and cherish as well. We all need to do a better job at remembering not to forget to show someone we love how much we care. I must thank all of my friends and family that have taken the time to show me how much they love me.
"We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection."- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Happy Memorial day weekend everyone!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
This past weekend while on an impromptu drive that ended where it started, I did a little soul searching. It seems that in the toss and tumble of everyday life, I missed my forest for the trees. I worry that I neglected the most important person in my life- never was it intentional. Within my comfort of life and love in another I allowed myself to do the unthinkable, take my other for granted. This is a shocking realization. I was lulled by the years and shared life to believe he would always be there. I had forgotten to whisper in his ear and into his heart that his light makes the cold days warm, his laughter that has always brightened my days. I am sorry.
Friday, May 21, 2010
We mentally plead with our bosses- please, please can I take my work outside? I promise I will do it.
This works about as well as it did when we were young trying to convince a teacher that it would be in her best interest to conduct class outside. We were already there mentally; we just wanted to have the physical experience as well. As school gets closer to letting out and we think back to our school days we remember that first smell of summer and what promises of magic it brought. This is true with Friday afternoons as well. Who wants to be inside sitting at their desk working when they know the weekend world is beckoning? It calls to us like a mischievous friend. Come and play, come and play now.
Go catch some fairies. I know I will be on the look out for some.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
It is a very rainy day here today. It is the kind of rain that makes you wish you were a child in an oversized raincoat and bright yellow boots, (maybe with ducks?). It reminds me of why I enjoy this time of year regardless of the rain and the cold fronts that still seem to move in and linger longer than they are welcome. I appreciate the renewal, the rebirth of everything. I could probably do without the unrest that comes with those other more favorable traits of Spring, but all of this together is what makes this time of year so special. Enjoy the gray days, they lead to the beauty within.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
There comes a time in everyone's life where one wonders what is it all about. I think this can be an exciting and scary time. When it occurs it reveals the person you are at that moment. Sometimes that person can surprise you. I have been reviewing my own life recently and much of it through the lens of a camera. I find that I am noticing more detail and looking for the small things, the simple things. I notice the richness of a single leaf or the way rust can be beautiful. I am glad to appreciate these small things. They bring me solace, they bring me peace. When everything else in life is chaotic, it is nice to focus on the small things for once and revel in their innocent simplicity.
Wishing you all happy revelations.
Wishing you all happy revelations.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I have recently acquired a digital camera. There is a freedom that comes with the instantaneous gratification of the digital image. I wonder how this will affect my shooting and selection of images. Using film, I am quite careful. I want the best shot available. I will spend time positioning myself, whether it be standing on my tippy-toes or laying down on the earth. I want the shot and I will do what is necessary to get it. Now, I find that I am a little more daring. Knowing that I can see what I have done- see that the picture is in focus or not depending on what it is and what my intentions are. I can also use color! This is something I normally deprive myself of because developing color is so caustic. Now, with the digital camera in hand, my world has become much more colorful. Welcome to the special world of intricate colors- it is more like life- very little black and white.
Monday, May 3, 2010
So, I have always been a fairly private person. This is my attempt at a social experiment with myself that I would like to share with you. At this crossroads I have decided it is high time to move out of the shadows toward something else. A freedom, if you will. I hope you enjoy this journey with me. We'll see where it goes.