In wisdom gathered over time
I have found that every experience
is a form of exploration.
– Ansel Adams
Sometimes we need other people
to save us from ourselves.
Whether we’re aware of it or not.
Never let familiarity
blind you to worth.
Every now and then I’ll find a blog that I really like, I’ll click that follow button, and then…
And then that’s it; they never write another post. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
I never thought I would be the one to disappear.
If you’re like me, when you saw If My Eyes Were Cameras, you said something like, “Oh, yeah…I forgot all about her.” But I do hope you’re glad to see me again.
So what happened?
To be perfectly honest, my photo blog was a victim of its own theme. I love my theme, but I had become too rigid about what I would and would not allow myself to do here. My great friend Patricia even gave me a Versatile Blogger Award months ago, and I didn’t do anything about it because I couldn’t incorporate it into my theme.
Have you ever done that to yourself – been so wrapped up in how you wanted something to look or be, that you cut yourself off from all the other great possibilities?
Then in February, I reached a point where my creativity went a bit dry. I wasn’t taking many new photos, and though I had plenty of old photographs that I would have liked to share, they didn’t fit into this theme that I had locked myself into. Or at least I couldn’t muster the words to make them fit. I would look at a photo and simply be blank.
So I thought I would just take a week off. But one week stretched into two, and then to three. I would tell myself I needed to sit down and update my photo blog, but I never did it. I was busy with my resolutions, and barely keeping up with my other blog, and every post-free week would pass quicker than the last. Eventually, I forgot to even remember.
But I’m feeling my creative juices flowing again now, I’ve started a basic photography class, and I’ve been taking pictures like crazy. And I’ve missed this blog! Tomorrow is back to If My Eyes Were Cameras like you’re used to seeing – but I’m not going to hold myself to that theme if my “I see, I think” well runs dry again.
I almost promise.
Fortune helps those
Learn from yesterday,
live for today,
hope for tomorrow.
– Albert Einstein
I can be filled with joy and wonder too.
It’s so easy to focus
on the tangled mess in front of our face,
when the real troubles often lie much deeper.
There is something to be said
for not having the path laid out straight before you.
I am starting to see the beauty and find the joy
in the winding of the road.
to wonder at the height of mountains,
at the huge wave of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers,
the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and they pass by themselves
without wondering at all.
– St. Augustine 399 ad
a temporary surrender
– Gail Sheehy
Mama said there’ll be days like this,
There’ll be days like this Mama said
(Mama said, Mama said)
– The Shirelles
– Les Brown
He is strong
who conquers others;
he who conquers himself
– Lao Tsu
We may come home
a little dirty,
but isn’t that proof
we lived the heck
out of our day.
Children are a blessing,
and the lessons they teach are many.
My aspiration is to pay attention…
and maybe learn a thing or two.