Sunday, March 23, 2014

So What Did YOU Do This Weekend?

Went to a Lady Antebellum concert, hosted a party for nine friends, had dinner and did a Fireball shot with the GF’s sons, had dinner with another couple at a local Italian restaurant, bought new running shoes, drank wine and engaged in a conversation about my hometown with the owner of my local hangout who just returned from a trip there, had fun with friends at my other hangout, bought a fedora, had pizza and beer with my GF’s brother and other relatives, listened to jazz and oldies while talking and laughing and planning a trip, went to a ‘house concert’ to see our favorite local singer/songwriter perform his original music in a setting well-suited to listening, saw Mamma Mia at National Theatre in DC, wore a green hat to another local joint and toasted St. Patrick with a couple of Jamesons on the rocks, learned how to play Greensleeves and a few new chords on my guitar, weighed in at my trainer’s and learned I was down 6 pounds since starting there, washed the winter grime off my car to prove that that gray vehicle was really a black vehicle, did my taxes and started a new business,

So What Did YOU Do This Weekend?

OK, actually the first paragraph in this post encompassed a month, but that was one hell of a month!   
My life hasn’t been this much fun consistently for years; in fact, maybe never.  I can’t even give you all the details, but I can tell you that I am more convinced than ever that visualization is magic.  Picture the life you want and your brain will find a way to make it happen.  That’s a paraphrase of somewhat simplistic advice from a Tony Robbins video, but it works.  Or it can work.  It has for me, both personally and professionally, even before I was able to articulate the concept.

This is a very exciting time in my life, measured in quantity and quality, and not everybody has the good fortune I have.  But even the simplest of activities can bring joy to your life if you let them.  A weekend filled with laughter and companionship, for example, or even just noticing something green popping out of barren brown ground after a crappy winter can bring a smile to your face.

When you get up tomorrow morning, look in the mirror and ask yourself, “So what did YOU do this weekend?”  Today is Sunday.  You still have time to find an answer.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Nearly Forgotten Passion

Do you ever stumble on an example of something you love, something you consider a passion, and realize you haven’t engaged in that activity in a long time?

I took my first photograph before I was ten years old and I have owned cameras ever since.  At various times I have been paid for photos, which means that on some level I am a professional photographer.  I love shooting pictures and consider it a passion.  I have often considered attempting to make a living at photography but I know that I would not be as successful at that as I am at what I actually do for a living.

While checking this blog for a moment this morning, I decided to check my photo blog too.  I stumbled on a hundred or more photos I posted and realized two things: I am a pretty good photographer and I have not posted a picture in two years.  As I contemplated that, I realized that I haven’t had my previous Nikon in my hands in months, other than to move it from one room to another while cleaning my apartment.  I’ve taken many pictures with my iPhone, but that is just not the same.  A phone camera is functional and the latest models are pretty good, but they are nothing like my Nikon or similar pro and near-pro SLR cameras.

Where did the time go?  Why don’t I have time to walk around and photograph something?  I started two new photo blogs during the past year but have mostly abandoned them.  And most of the pictures were taken with the afore-mentioned iPhone.

This would be a good week to restart that passion.  Meanwhile, here are a couple of photos from the past few years.