PeacePosted: March 31, 2011
I have a million things running through my head at any given moment. Do this, do that, go here, call so and so, knit, read, type, run. I think it takes work to purposely hone in on one thing at a time. To go slow, breathe, and listen with your heart rather than your ears.
I had much of today with no obligation written in stone on my calendar. Free. Of course I had a million things I wanted to do, so began buzzing around town as fast as I could, trying to fit it all in. Something inside of me brought me to a place of peace. I remembered I had packed my camera this morning. So I called a friend and together we walked around the old hospital grounds with our cameras, looking for inspiration. I’m so glad I did. So glad I called. So glad I slowed down.
We all need little breaks like that. We’re all busy, every day. And without intentional moments of peace, solitude, engaging in activities that fill our souls, it’s a matter of time before we run dry. We found all sorts of cool images, things that told a story, just waiting to be noticed. One of my favorite pictures was of a hole in a brick building, up high, and a ways away. I snapped a shot. Only when I got back to the computer and cropped that shot, did I realize a bold and beautiful bird hiding in the shadows. I had no idea he was there! I love being surprised like that, how easy it would have been to have missed it. If I was too busy rushing around.
Quiet…sunshine…conversation between friends, interrupted only by a question or two about aperature or white balance. Exploration. Of the beauty nestled in Traverse City. Of a safe presence. Of creative imagination.
I was filled. Only then, did I proceed to knock off a few more items on my to-do list. The rest can wait for tomorrow. What a beautiful world we live in.