Simple Ways to Enrich Your Life

Today couldn’t get any better!

I can’t wait for what tomorrow brings!

Why isn’t today enough? Why does it seem we are always looking for something better–something bigger and brighter elsewhere.

Why don’t we just marvel at the life we have today? Don’t let a second pass without taking a deep breath and appreciate what you have.

No one has ever found that pot of gold at the other end of the rainbow. The simplest way to enrich your life is by looking within yourself.

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Gratitude: Stand Up and Be Counted

The time to express your gratitude towards another for their kind deed doesn’t have to be the second after or even a minute after they do something for you––as long as it eventually happens. There are a lot of giving souls in this world. Don’t you want to be counted as being one of them?

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Stephen Sheffield, Time Keeper, 2010

Be the Hub of your Network

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Louis Henri Pingitore, Oread, 2012

Sometimes when we chose to befriend someone, our network grows. That’s the key, right? To converge into a large enough bunch and intermingle, share ideas, thoughts, advice, and time with others––others who have similar wants, needs, and tastes. What if we got close enough to the others but never really made a connection: we never really clicked. We might just be floating along with no ending in sight, like random lightwaves traveling through time, crisscrossing and zooming by.

Be that beam of light that shines brightest and lights up a room. You are colorful in many ways. Show everyone what you are made of and you might become the hub of the network you so desired to belong to.

Seizing Your Opportunity

You can’t just linger out on the periphery and hope that you’ll get noticed. Some opportunities only come around once. You need to be standing up front and present. You need to shake some hands and introduce yourself. Let whoever you are talking to know how passionate you are about your art, your cause, your life. Be in it to win it!

As Milton Berle smartly stated, if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

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Frank Armstrong, Side Door – Fordyce, AR, 1986

 

 

Thursday’s Thoughts: Are You A Fearless Leader?

“Playing ‘follow the leader’ is a waste of your time. If you work at your craft long enough, and take a few risks, you just might carve your own unique path.

If your bold ideas are sound, you won’t even have to leave crumbs along the way, the well-worn groove in the trail will lead others to you. People are always looking for fearless, new leaders.” ~Jason Landry

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Photograph by Samuel Quinn

Cautiously Optimistic

“Cautiously optimistic is one way of looking at life, or the future. The ‘optimistic’ side tells us we’re confident that things will work out as planned, while the ’cautiously’ side tells us to prepare for the unexpected, because things don’t always go as planned.

If what you seek isn’t as lucid as you had hoped it to be, reach back through your mental Rolodex and try and remember what advice your Mother might have given you. She helped to get you this far, right?” ~ Jason Landry

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Heidi Kirkpatrick, Mother, 2001 — German/English Vest Pocket Dictionary

Francois Laxalt via The Huffington Post

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Francois Laxalt

Carrying the Message of Peace Through Senbazuru is a short post that I wrote about Parisian photographer Francois Laxalt for The Huffington Post.

I first met Francois in Paris in 2013, and then got a chance to review his portfolio at FotoFest in Houston in 2014.

The images are whimsical and abstract, but the story of Senbazuru is what really fascinated me. Click on the image to read the full story.

Mooselookmeguntic via The Good Men Project

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Stephen Sheffield

Check out my recent story, Mooselookmeguntic via The Good Men Project.  It’s about photographer Stephen Sheffield and focuses on the balance between being a working photographer and father.

The title comes from the name of the lake in Maine where Stephen and his family spend their summers. It’s also the spot where many of his most iconic photographs where created.

As Fluid As Your Thoughts

“Your actions should be as fluid as your thoughts.
If someone does something good for you, don’t just thank them, find ways to reciprocate the gesture.
Building your network is a two way street.
Make sure things are flowing in both directions.”
~Jason Landry

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