Archive for December, 2010
Photography can provide a great excuse (if you need one) for connecting with others. Each time I drive by my neighbor’s house, I find myself admiring the old truck they have parked in the drive way. I’ve snuck a few shots over the months, but when they hung their Christmas wreath on it, I couldn’t resist. I marched down to their house, introduced myself to them (we’re relatively new to the neighborhood), told them how much I admired the old truck, and asked if they would mind if I took a few shots. Then I went to town. Here’s one of my favorites. Plus, I got a two-for-one. Some fun shots and a new connection.
As we get ready to begin our journey to Minnesota for the holidays, I still have about 10 things on my list of things to do. Yesterday, I saw these things as non-negotiable. MUST GET DONE. But, guess what? Those things are not going to get done before we leave today. And, I’m feeling 100 times better and more at peace because I just accepted this fact. What reality are you not “accepting” when it comes to the holidays today?
Perhaps, you didn’t pick up that one last gift.
Perhaps, you are dreading seeing that friend or family member.
Maybe you just haven’t found the calm that you’ve yearned for during this season.
Remember. You have a choice today. You can choose peace, you can choose hope, you can choose joy. These may not change your situation, but they will change you, and in the end, that’s all that matters.
Seeing the sunrise reminded me of this quote that I hold close to my heart during hurried times.
Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. Unknown.
I’ll see you when I get back from the holidays next Tuesday