by Skip Cohen
It's my last post and I'm struck with the need to say something outrageously poignant. I'm struggling because everything I want to say seems so trite, having a "been there done that" feeling. So, I'm going to take a little help from author, Melody Beattie. She's written a number of inspirational books that hooked my wife years ago. Well, Sheila got me into the concept of looking for a little daily inspiration outside the industry.
Here's a taste of what Melody wrote for December 31 and it really hit home:
"Wait, and expect good things - for yourself and your loved ones. When you wonder what is coming tell yourself the best is coming, the very best life and love have to offer...See the best in your mind; envision what it will look like, what it will feel like..."
So, here's my New Year's wish for each of you - nothing but good things in the year ahead. A year filled with accomplishments from little steps to the big ones. Stay focused on being part of an amazing industry, filled with people willing to help you achieve your goals. Stay focused on your goal to simply be the best artist, photographer, friend and spouse you can be.
We're all part of an industry focused on helping people capture memories and as my good buddy Scott has said, "We're the high priests of memory protection!" It carries a big responsibility, but what a privilege! And, if you're having trouble focusing on how important your craft really is, just watch my most favorite video of all time from Kodak years ago!
Even if you've seen it before, watch it one more time now! It's guaranteed to inspire you.
Happy New Year everybody! Thank you for your support, your feedback and your inspiration.
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