Color, Color, everywhere and since its Wednesday I had to share! There is just something liberating about a random post with no message, no point, and no purpose. There are days we should just sit back and enjoy the experience. So whatever you are doing as you move through today do something random and live to the fullest.
Sometimes I feel stuck, bored, frustrated. It’s not that I don’t like the life I live; it’s just sometimes I suspect there’s something more, some greater sense of meaning or excitement, new connections, new adventures, new possibilities. The truth is those possibilities are within my reach. I may not be able to quit my job or develop new skills while I sleep; but every day contains countless opportunities, all dictated by the choices I make. Some of those choices may seem inconsequential. They’re the little things, after all. Why not do it the way I always do it? Why not stay in my comfort zone when it’s just so comfortable here? I should do it for the possibility. The possibility of, if I make one minor change, I may set the stage for major fulfillment. Sometimes even the smallest shift in thinking or doing can create the biggest opportunity. So here is how I plan to get started:
I will challenge my beliefs about what I can and can’t do.
Look for opportunities in a tough situation. Avoid the victim mentality, and opt instead for a “ready for new beginnings” attitude.
Remove the things from my life that doesn’t serve me to make room for something better and new.
Commit to something I always say I’ll do but always fail to start
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Positive energy creates positive results.
Say yes to something I always talk myself out of.
So how will you open your world to new possibilities?
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”
― Marianne Williamson
It is finally here! At least that is what the calendar is telling me! So as I wait for the weather to follow suit I am going to celebrate everything spring promises to bring…..
Beautiful Sunrises and
And longer and longer days full of unlimited opportunities to get out and take pictures
Let the madness begin…………..HAPPY SPRING AND INTERNATIONAL HAPPINESS DAY
I caught myself doing it last night, on what should have been a calm, quiet, uneventful evening I came face to face with the horror of the holiday season, the killer of joy, the Grinch of Christmas. I opened my heart to STRESS. It happens every year, some more so than others. This year has been a hard year. I lost my mother early in the year and here as we close it out my father has had serious health issues following a at the time routine surgery. All I could see was the list of things not started the responsibility I place on myself to make everyone’s Christmas magical. I fell head first into the trap so many of us fall in…. and then this morning as I was cleaning out my hard drives I opened this picture I took this weekend. The wonder, the joy, the innocence, how have we lost all what Christmas should be? So I am kicking stress out the door and instead making a commitment to this return to simpler ways of celebrating Christmas, time with my loved ones because the reality is this may be the last holiday for each of us, kindness to those around me, a helping hand where I can extend it and embracing the moment and wonder and happiness………. If the true spirit of Christmas prevailed on a daily basis, the world not only would know peace, in every sense, it would know joy.
I am still moving a little slow, sleeping a lot and generally just not feeling as spunky as I think I should be by now. With this in mind I have been feeling sorry for myself and my lack of energy and ability to get out and shoot as much as I want to. Today I grabbed my camera on the way to work and realized I had some pictures. I snapped last week of Surprise Lilies that bloomed at my mom’s last week. I eagerly opened them today and was feeling so disappointed. They were horrible; I had been on pain meds and definitely can see my head was not into the task. Then out of nowhere came this shot. It is not a perfect shot and in many ways it is a very bad one but it spoke to me and reminded me of the importance of perusing what makes you happy in good times and in bad. Sometimes it is not the technically perfect picture which speaks to us but the surprise and joy we feel in taking a image and finding its best potential no matter the circumstance.
There are some people in the world who live their lives with joy. Yes bad things happen to everyone. Terrible, life changing, hit you in the gut things. I repeat they happen to everyone. The difference is what you do when you are in the thick of it. Living your life with joy means living it without regret, making those around you your primary focus and putting yourself last, instead of first. I love it when I take pictures of people who just have joy pouring off of them. It shows not just in their lives but in their faces. Here is to more joy.