Those of you who have been following me for any length of time know that I go off track on Sunday mornings. I step away from the business side of photography and enjoy getting "out of the office."
I remember years ago Dane Sanders doing a presentation and saying "You are not your job!" (Sorry Dane if I'm paraphrasing a little) We all get to a point where it's hard to separate what we do for a living or hope to do, from who we are. You've all had those moments where you breathe, eat and sleep photography and while we're in a career path that helps people capture memories, we don't always take the time to capture our own!
One of my all-time favorite photographs, "Forever Alone" is by Jonathan Thorpe, who over the years has become a great friend, even though we only catch up at conventions and a phone call here and there. It was done for Valentine's Day several years ago, and the story behind it is Cupid has used up all his arrows, forgetting to leave one for himself.
This is a short post this morning, but with a particular goal - to remind you NOT to become Cupid. Don't become so over-focused on helping your clients capture memories that you miss out on your own. Take the time to step away from the business. Stop worrying about how much you have to learn and savor each step of your journey.
Then, looking for inspiration this morning Melody Beattie wrote about the importance of trusting what you know and closed with:
"Open your heart. Let it show you what it knows.
Learn to trust what you know. You're wiser than you think."
And there's my point...trust your heart. Learn to listen to it and live by that old line about taking time to smell the roses. Appreciate how far you've come and how much you know. Always save one of Cupid's arrows for your self!
Wishing everybody a wonderful Easter, Passover or whatever makes today special for you. Go for those eleven-second hugs with the people most important to you and don't forget a hug for that person in the mirror, who deserves the same respect and love like everybody else important in your life.
Happy Sunday or Monday if you're on the other side of the world.
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