The world is a better place because of what I create. Living a full life means not only work but play. When you are non-serious and playful, all the burdens on your heart disappear.
I sincerely hope that the world is a better place because of the work I create with my camera and my computer. I've heard a few affirmations about my work through the years that make me realize that some find value in it.
My own world is a better place because of what I create. Not because it is now filled with these photographs, but because these photographs allow me to express parts of myself that don't normally show. In doing that, there is some measure of personal satisfaction.
The playful part of my work is often apparent - or perhaps not so apparent - in the titles I attach to the photographs. You can be assured that even if it doesn't make sense to you, there is rational thought and reason behind each title. And very often, the title is intended to be a fun and playful connection to the story behind the photograph or the walkabout during which the photograph was created. Sometimes my titles are sarcastic, and occasionally they are loaded with some very serious venom. Whatever the emotional source, they always have meaning.
But don't feel bad if you can't figure it out. Just know that it makes sense to me and it adds more expression, more passion, to the final photographs you see on the pages of this site.
About the photograph: We pass by buildings every day and probably don't give them much thought. But think for a moment about the passion, the intensity of work, that is required to craft something like this. Someone had a vision and had the passion to see it through to the end. And while we probably don't give the outcome (the building) much thought, the creation means something very deeply to someone and hundreds of lives every day depend upon that passion to have produced something wonderful. Look more deeply at things to see what sorts of passion they very likely contain. It is everywhere.
Every moment there is a possibility to be total. Whatsoever you are doing, be absorbed in it so utterly that the mind thinks nothing, is just there, is just a presence.
I hear people talking and writing about being present in the moment more than any other aspect of examining your world and your inner self. This inspiration is an excellent characterization of how this way of being and thinking should be accomplished.
Far too often we let ourselves lose focus and we leave the moment. By doing so we are ultimately devaluing the richness of our lives and missing so many good feelings and experiences.
So consider your focus today. Look into and feel the moments of your life. Embrace them, treasure them, be absorbed in them.
About the photograph: Moments like the one captured in this photograph certainly don't fill every moment of our days. Staying focused within each moment brings out the beauty and richness of these times so that they stay with us and enhance who we are.
My inner dialogue is kind and loving. My thoughts create only good experiences. The more I focus my mind upon the good, the more good comes to me.
My inner dialog has never been kind and loving. My inner dialog is hyper-critical and all kinds of sarcastic. I tear myself apart and examine every detail. So this affirmation strikes hard and deep.
Reading through my posts, that same mentality appears in my words. There is general dismay and expressions about the need to improve. I'm looking down, not up. I guess that is just where I happen to be in this time and place, but that is no way to live.
Previous affirmations got me into the mood to take control over some of the loose ends in my world. I've taken steps to protect myself from the people who are trying to deliberately bring me down. I've begun working strongly on my thinking about the world that surrounds me and my perceptions of it. I'm trying very hard to look at the upside of situations and see a positive future.
The same will be true of my inner dialog. Looking ahead, I can see that future inspirations throughout this month will increase the need to spin my inner dialog and contemplate a totally new way of looking at the world. Changing my inner dialog is a fundamental step in changing so many of the other aspects of my world.
So today I will be seriously challenging my inner dialog. I will think up, not down. I will focus on the good, not the bad. I will try to let go of the worries about the holidays and cash flow and relationships - opting instead to just let things flow and to consider all of those things from a positive perspective. I will look toward the light.
About the photograph: Somewhere behind this chunk of steel, all sorts of conversations are taking place. You can't hear them, but you know they are there.
Safety marks the inspiration for the seventh day of the 31 day challenge inspired by my friend Cathy. She wrote:
I am Safe
All is well in my world and I am safe. I have and am neither too little nor too much, and I do not have to prove myself to anyone. I am okay as I am.
I think that feelings of safety run a pretty wide spectrum. We are all at risk in many ways from things that take place in our world. My personal experience makes it quite clear that those intrusions aren't likely to be preceded with warning signs. That would be wonderful if they were! But intrusions to our sense of safety happens to each of us along our path, without warning, and leave us feeling vulnerable and more at risk.
I feel safe about some of the fundamental things in my life. I have a place to live and sleep, there is at least some food in my kitchen, I've got a reliable car, there are a few friends I know I can count on if I need help, and my family is readily available for support. For all of those things I am grateful and deeply blessed.
There are also less tangible topics for which a sense of safety feels elusive. This affirmation has caused me to pause and reflect on some of those gaps in my world. I have been considering how my own actions have contributed to those gaps. It is clear that personal change (and the discipline to implement change) is required to regain control and build that sense of safety. I think specifically about how my actions have contributed to a lack of safety in the relationships I have with my daughters and some friends. I've already made changes to improve those things but there is always more work to do.
I also think about the way others have imposed their need for control over my life, causing me feelings of a lack of safety. Some of those situations are now in the past and I can certainly find forgiveness and let them go. For others, their ongoing attempts at control would require a different approach. I have no idea what that might be. My instinct would be to cut them free from my world, but that isn't possible for a few of them. More thought will be necessary to figure out how best to deal with those situations and regain a sense of safety.
About the photograph: What better place to seek safety than a tall tower? Cement walls, small windows, and a long way off the ground.
I look towards the future with hope and happiness. I am and will remain open and receptive to blissful, knock-my-socks off miracles in every day and in every area of my life.
I really like this, the sixth affirmation of the month. I almost think that this one, if honored, would make many of the other affirmations happen naturally.
Being positive about the future would certainly help me get beyond dwelling on the past. Some of the past I should have let go of quite some time ago. But doing that is very, very hard work. In some cases letting go of the past is almost impossible as it finds ways to show itself repeatedly in my life. I've got photos that flood my technology reminding me of a past relationship. As often as I find them and set them aside, more and more of them show up when I least expect it. I've got a divorce to get past, but more often than I care to think about there is an ex-wife sticking her hand out demanding more and more money, or threatening me with lawyers, and reminding me that the situation won't be over soon or with grace.
Nothing happens, however, unless I try. And trying is certainly progress of which I can be proud. So this one will be small steps and trying to see that glass as half-full.
About the photograph: Looking ahead down a bright sidewalk, not knowing what might be next to encounter along the way. That seems like a great way to think about the future.
The fifth day of 31 days of positive affirmations is quite a challenge for me as I'm at the extreme edges on many of these points. The affirmation goes like this:
I am social and I like meeting people. I live my life free of fear. I am adventurous and engage with the world. I am surrounded by people who love and support me, and I love and support myself.
I would consider myself to be quite social, yet I'm always uncomfortable when meeting new people. Being free of fear isn't exactly where I'm at lately. While adventurous, engaging with the world in those adventures hasn't been my style as I am much more an observer. And while I do have people close to me who offer their love and support, I have never been much of my own fan, choosing instead to be very self-critical.
That's pretty depressing. I've got much work to do in these areas.
I am hopeful that some of the other affirmations will start opening me up to consider and implement positive change in these areas. I have taken time each day to consider these affirmations again and again. That does seem to be helping. This particular affirmation may just take longer to absorb and to incorporate into my daily life.
About the photograph: These seeds break out every year and connect with the world. I had one open up in my car once resulting in what felt like being in a crowded room full of cotton! That seemed pretty social to me.