To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
~Lewis B. Smedes
So in the dark we hide the heart that bleeds, and wait, and tend our agonizing seeds.
Braden approached me about something while I was working recently. I answered him and then took a look at him. He was fine but his demeanor was just a little on the down side. So I asked him to give me his hand.
I held it and told him to show me the palm straight up. He did. I inspected it carefully as he watched.
Braden, with interest: “What?”
Me: “Something is missing.”
Braden: “Missing? Can I look?”
He looked, appeared puzzled, and glanced at me, turning his palm back my way.
Me: “Yes, something is definitely missing.”
Braden: “But WHAT?”
I kissed his soft, little palm gently.
Me: “A kiss.”
The smile that bloomed on his face was priceless.
Me: “I love you.”
Braden, as he pranced off with a grin: “I love you, too, Mommy.”
These little things may seem unimportant. They’re not. I truly believe that filling his childhood with tender, loving acts and caring for his feelings above my own consistently will have a huge impact on the person he becomes. I don’t always get this right – I have plenty of selfish moments where I fail. But I think that bringing myself back here with him over and over again is the important part. It’s what he’ll remember.
The smile that bloomed on his face is an outward indicator of something that will be etched on his soul and he’ll carry it with him and pass it to others.
The little things matter. The little ways you love those you care about are big inside their hearts (and not just your kids).
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Drink and Click™ founder Juan Gonzalez and I had a great time on the show last night! We were joined by Sara Collaton, Jordan Oram, Joel Horwath, Holger feroudj, Ana Andres. We talked about what we do at Drink and Click™, shared photowalking experiences and recommended the best places to shoot in certain cities. We also discussed the idea of “Leading Lines” in photography and how to best utilize them to create visually interesting images. There may have been a few off-color jokes and a few crotch shots. What?
Panelists shared some great photographers to circle that they have met via DNC photowalks, including Jason Cook, Jason Ruth, Ryan MacLean, Giovanni Piliarvu, and Nicolai McCrary. If you don’t have them circled, go for it.
We ended by announcing the winners of May’s Leading Lines Challenge – Kenny Shepard (Drink and Click™ Philadelphia), Visharad Deo (Drink and Click NYC), and Motonori Ando (Drink and Click™ Tokyo) (1st, 2nd, and 3rd). Thanks so much to our prize sponsors: Think Tank Photo, Gary Fong Flash Diffusers, and Trey Ratcliff‘s Stuck In Customs.
Remember to watch us every month on the second Wednesday at 9:30PM CST. Our next show is July 10th. We think you’ll enjoy yourselves, and you never know who (or what) you might see on the show!
Don’t forget to join in on your city’s monthly Drink & Click Photowalk Event – you get to take photos, socialize with people who share your interest, and have a chance to win great prizes. Check the website for a chapter in your area!
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today was Braden’s last day of school – he is officially heading to first grade. Last week he told me that he was so excited about Friday, because there would be no more school! Today, however, when it was time to leave school, he was very sad and started crying. “I am going to miss seeing my teachers and friends,” he told me.
I reminded him that he’ll get to go back next season and asked him what his plans for summer are. His reply? “Two things, Mommy: 1 – Go to the pool. 2 – Relax.”
I like the sound of that. Happy Summer Vacay, Friends!
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.