oh what fleeting moments I should capture, oh what memories I should still possess

People

Goin’ Fishin’

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What I see is my niece heading out with her fishing tackle in tow. What I think is I like catching fish more than I like fishing.

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If people concentrated on the

really important things in life,

there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.

– Doug Larson 


Holding On and Letting Go

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What I see is my niece holding on to her cat. What I remember is that cat did not want to be held on to! What I know is I do the same thing all too often – hold on tight to things that want to be let go. And sometimes I don’t hold tight enough to the things I should. But it’s a brand new year, and a good time to evaluate what I hold dear, what I need to put more time and energy into, and what I need to just let go.

Cheers to a new year

and another chance

for us to get it right.

Oprah Winfrey    


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Conflicting Desires

 

What I see is my niece looking at her dad and her sister. What I know is that she was perfectly content to be where she was in the shallows but this picture fills me with a sense of longing, as though she is looking at them and wishing that's where she was too. What I think is how often I am filled with conflicting desires. I want to be living on my own terms and doing exactly what makes me happy in the moment, but when I turn around and see what other people are doing, I also want to be with them. I don't want to be left behind.

What I see is my niece looking at her dad and her sister. What I know is she was perfectly content to keep playing where she was in the shallows. But this picture fills me with a sense of longing, as though she is looking at them and wishing that’s where she was too. What I think is how often I am filled with conflicting desires. I want to live on my own terms and do exactly what makes me happy in the moment. But when I look around and see what other people are doing, I also want to be with them; I don’t want to be left behind.

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If neurotic is wanting

two mutually exclusive things

at one and the same time,

then I’m neurotic as hell.

~ Sylvia Plath   

 


missed focus

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Too many times,

when great things happened,

I’ve had my focus on something else.


In Between

What I see is Amanda, standing between the two doors at her house. On May 5th. What I think is she picks out her own clothes.

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I asked her to do this,

just so I could take a picture of it.

Does that make me a bad aunt,

a bigger kid than she is,

or just creative?

(By the way, that’s a rhetorical question.)


This Moment

What I see is my niece and my dad. What I think is I should have used the flash. What I feel is it doesn’t even matter.

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It’s not the quality of the photo

that draws me in;

what I so cherish

is the moment that it captured.


A Helping Hand

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Sometimes we need other people

to save us from ourselves.

Whether we’re aware of it or not.