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Just My Thoughts

Just had a sit down talk with my 14 year-old.  We chatted about perspective and how perspective can so quickly change our mood or our heart towards a matter.

I’ve been absent for a while but have vowed to pick the blog back up.  It always boggles my mind as to what to write about and in that instance I’m speechless and I stop.  Though just tonight I had a sit down talk with my 14 year-old.  We chatted about perspective and how perspective can so quickly change our mood or our heart towards a matter.  As I spoke I could see his eyes begin to redden and then tears started to fall.  I poked a little wondering what could have been so hurtful in my words and he looked at me and said, “Dad you were right!  Everything that you just said was right”.  In this moment I’m replaying what I said and he says, “when I”, he says, “say that someone else is annoying that is building myself up to believe that I’m not” and then I pause and think for a minute.  Did I actually pierce through the teenage garble momentarily and speak some sense of life into this child or did I tear down the fragile pieces that held him together?  As we spoke I realize that he’s got it and that I’m getting it.  It is possible to get through what so often seems a maze of “I knows” and “okays” which seems to be teenage speak these days.

We spoke of how perspective can be used in so many of the cases that bothered him.  Perspective can change the way that we see an annoying thing.  It is the difference maker in what we feel and how we respond.  It teaches us compassion where there is none.  It opens our heart to see or feel things from another’s view.  We have the power to change our minds and to see truth that doesn’t have to come from our own opinions.  It teaches us humility and shows us how to suffer well for others.  This kid blew my mind tonight and at the same time comforted me in the same sentence.

Suddenly we regroup and solidify our premise of friendship and family; in me my heart open wide at this miracle of fatherhood!

Thanks for stopping in…

STOP!

Stop! Before reading further take a few seconds to think of three songs. These songs should be recognizable to you in a way that transports you from where you are now to a place in your past.

daw-5644-wmOkay, first song, think of it and what do you see? What were you wearing, what were you doing? Were those clothes ever really in style? Stop! Snap the picture, keep it and print it.

Second song, what is it? How does it make you feel and what are the lyrics?  Does it move you? What was the dance to go along with it? Savor the moment then, STOP, capture it, print it and display it.

Okay, now for the third and final song.  Dig deep – deeper! What’s different about it? How do you relate to it?  Is it popular?  Will it still move you in ten years?  Great, snap that picture, let’s share it, post it, print it and relive it constantly.

Oddly enough with the three that I chose, the clothing styles changed each time, so did the artist and the mood. The one commonality was the energy given by each one.

Each moment is different, they seem the same sometimes but each one feels a little more unforgettable than the next.  Photography is that song can you feel its rhythm. What moves us like that song? Hmm, glad that you asked, it is that picture. Maybe the one with that horrible sweater. It could be the one from 7th grade. Let’s just say it was a transitional year but eventually you found your style. Whether it’s a song or a picture we tend to share it to bring others into our moments. Just remember, a song is generally about 200 words and most of them are just repeated. A picture is about 1000 words but there are some that are quite possibly triple that! Take a minute, snap that image and share it!

let’s capture it together, let’s share it forever!

~ DAW