Greetings, my friends!
I’m looking at my calendar this evening and marveling at how fast time flies when you are doing just about anything (except your taxes). I find it so hard to believe that we are looking at the first of July. Before we know it, school will be back in session, the crisp fall air will be upon us, and we’ll be thinking about how we are going to get everything done before the holidays. I swear, I just looked back and saw my girls opening Christmas presents and that was six months ago!
It makes me think about how important living in the moment is. Oh sure, I’ve got my camera up to my face every chance I get, but I still find time to stop, put the camera down and marvel at how beautiful life can be. It also reminds me that it’s super important to take a moment and really breathe. You know…really fill up those lungs to the point where you feel your back crack and your head clear. I can totally hear you all expanding your lungs now…good! Take two more seconds and stretch your legs while you are at it.
Perhaps the biggest thing on my list this week is to remind everyone about how pets and fireworks DON’T mix. I know you guys are responsible pet owners, but the 4th of July weekend still sees the biggest influx of lost pets nationwide, and the Asheville area is no exception. I’m sorry to say that the numbers don’t lie.
SO – in an effort to remind everyone about how to keep pets safe on the 4th, I’ve enlisted the help of my other studio dog, Kashi. (Scaredy dog extraordinaire) She’s an expert on freaking out during loud noises and thunder. Here are some of the tips we’ve used to help her deal with this especially noisy weekend. Of course, some of these tips go without saying, but it never hurts to throw them in as a reminder.
That’s about it for my list of things to do this week but I will leave you with one last image and a story. A few years back, we decided to experience the 4th of July in Washington DC. Our girls were 11 and 9. We saw the parade, the Zoo, visited the Lincoln Memorial…we did just about everything we could fit in and learned so much about our history. It was an amazing trip! Let me tell you that seeing the fireworks in person took our breath away and we knew we’d never forget the experience.
But, there was one moment that happened (in the blink of an eye, of course), at the Smithsonian Museum and I know I’ll never forget that either. I was fortunate to capture it with my camera.
A simple thing…kids playing with birds. It looked like they were having so much fun. Their parents were there to make sure they didn’t hurt the birds but you could hear them laughing and running and enjoying themselves so much! It was like hearing music that immediately filled your heart with joy. After all the days of walking… and the crowds; hearing that laughter magically made my tired feet feel better and gave my grumpy mood a lift.
I just sat and watched them play. The kids ran back and fourth, flapping their imaginary wings and pretending they could fly. Believe it or not, it actually made me think about being a kid again and remembering how I used to think I could do anything I set my mind to…including flying!
After we got home and I processed my images from the trip, I saw this one and it reminded me again of how magical that moment was for me and let me to this:
If you believe that you can make a positive change in the world, and TRULY believe that you can….you’ll find a way to make it happen. (An affirmation that I’ve carried ever day since that moment.)