CARPE DIEM – seize the day!

My Dad and I have a favorite saying…it is simply Carpe Diem!  This is the Latin form of “seize the day”!  I love this simple saying.  Instead of think about the day, or fear the day, or get through the day, it’s SEIZE the day!  It implies action.  It is active, not passive.  It implies control.  What exactly can we control?  The events of some days seem very much out of our control.  But I do believe we can control our attitude toward events and people.

I believe that all good gifts and talents come from a loving God, and that when you share your talents with others, you often help them as well as yourself.  In photography, I love the concept of “paying it forward” and that photography can be a gift to others.  In the last year, I have adopted the City of Germantown.  I have done numerous photos for Parks and Recreation, including the Bobby Lanier Farm Park and the Special Recreation programs, all free of charge.  This year, I was asked to do the PROM photos for the special recreation department.  They provide an outstanding evening for individuals with mental, physical, emotional and other challenges.  Their decorations were beautiful, they provided food and drinks, music and entertainment for about 130 people in the Germantown area, all without cost to participants!!!  The participants really dress up for this event.  It’s a dressy, formal evening of fun.

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I had a great time, and I know they did, too!  Have I ever photographed a formal event before?  no.  130 formal photos in a short time? no.  But I believed in myself, my equipment, and decided to seize the day.  I learn something new every time I get my camera out.  So, here’s to taking charge, paying it forward, and deciding to seize the day!  Try it!  You just might surprise yourself!

despite what the groundhog saw…

hey friends.

If I’m not mistaken, that expert on forecasting, the groundhog, predicted an early spring this year.  I know most of my friends in Minnesota and upstate New York are wondering about this prediction, with even more new snow added to their accumulation!

We’ve lived in many states, and experienced Spring in many places.  Here in the (mid)South, spring starts early with daffodils in February and progresses through almost every color of the rainbow by June.  Our winters are fairly moderate, with an occasional ice storm or some snowfall, usually melted within 48 hours.  Here’s what our winter looked like:Image

As much as I enjoy the moderate winter, it isn’t the celebration I experienced in Minnesota.  After a long, hard, winter, I took great joy at EVERY perennial that reappeared in my yard!  I marveled that anything could survive outside in such harsh conditions.  I thanked God for every plant that showed the tenacity to come back after sub-zero wind chills and layers of snow and ice.  It gave me hope that I, too, could survive my experience here, as a seasoned, “perennial” parent.  Maybe God celebrates my growth and resiliency as much as I was celebrating these little blossoms!  The thought put a smile on my face.  Although Spring is not as much of a celebration here in TN,  it still fills me with wonder.  The other day I was driving and rounded the corner to see an old barn, sitting on a hill, with a vibrant green field below it and dark, threatening skies above it.  The contrast between old and new, darkened skies and bright clouds was amazing:Image

Hoping you find wonder in Spring, wherever you may be this year!