The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Time
This week, think about time and portray it photographically. Maybe you have a photo about one of the activities in the extract from Haig’s book above. Perhaps you have a fascination with clocks. Or maybe contemplating time takes you somewhere else completely. I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge.
I went a couple of ways with this week’s challenge. When taking photos the photographer must be patient and take their time focusing the camera lens, using the correct settings, lighting, and looking for that right moment. We can’t rush the photo and sometimes it takes several shots to get one that we truly love. We must slow down and become mindful of our every move and the environment we are in.
If we move too quickly time can pass a shadow while we distracted. Some people say my time passes quickly, while others with the same time in the day feel the slow pace of time as they enjoy every minute of the day. If you are constantly in a hurry, then time will seem to pass quickly. Your health will deteriorate and you will miss out on the important things in life. If you can become mindful of time and enjoy every moment, life will appear to slow down and become more enjoyable.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
~ Helen Keller ~
Sometimes we need to stop and take some ME time. Time to reflect, to breathe, to create, laugh, read, dance, and have some fun. This is needed more now that ever. People are always going here and there, never stopping to eat a meal at the table with their family and friends. We see them in restaurants sitting with cell phones or lap tops not conversing with the person they should be enjoying time with and being mindful of the food they are ingesting. They think that is there ME time.
Me time is sitting in nature, reconnecting with the earth; meditating or practicing yoga; getting in touch with our inner being; releasing anxieties, restlessness, anger, fear and past grudges to allow healing energy to flow through us. That is ME time.
One doesn’t know how long their time on this earth is, that is probably a good thing. So, live as if you have all the time in the world.
The one thing we cannot do is look ahead in time to see what will come. Just like taking a photo, the photographer must focus on the moment, not whether the photo will be liked and kept. Many of us keep out of focus photos from generations long gone. Some we cherish and some we keep for sentimental reasons, wishing they were more in focus for us to see if we have any resemblances to those who have gone before us. When I took the photo below of a marble earlier, I didn’t know in the moment what I would see. Sometimes the camera picks up images that are not visible in the lens. I was after downloading the photo to my computer that I noticed myself holding the camera. During editing I began to feel as if I were trying to capture the past or possibly look into a looking-glass into the future. All I could do was remain in the present and enjoy the photo.
This was one of the marbles from an old mason jar I use to display the marbles. They are a reminder of time past, well-worn and pitted from childhood play. I still have several shooters and remember playing marbles at recess in elementary school. Time hasn’t been kind to most of those in the jar but they are still beautiful even with their pits. Time stops for me when light shines through the glass capturing a colorful reflection on the wall or floor. I am reminded that the passage of time will age us, we may get some wrinkles and pits, but when we slow down and look within, the beautiful light inside us shines out to the world just like it does the marble.
Be like the marble, shine your beautiful light even if time has left you with some wrinkles and pits!
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Love and light!