Motherhood is a miraculous thing. God willing, one day, I will be a mother but I’d like to focus this post on a soon-to-be mother of two. My sister-in-law, Lauren, is going to have my very first nephew Denton Monday or Tuesday of next week. She has had her hands full with Gracie Mae for the past four and a half years but is constantly answering her endless questions with a patience that not many people possess. I am so thankful that I can look up to her for a wonderful example of what a mother should be. I am so proud of who she and my brother have raised Gracie to be and cannot wait to see how Denton will flourish.
We follow our flesh instincts and judge, compare ourselves to others, and put each other down. It happens. Leave that in the past and move onward with a loving, accepting attitude. I challenge you to say something positive about five people today. You may not be the type of person who is comfortable doing so out loud, so say these positive remarks in your mind. Silently. Where only you and God know what you’re saying. I know you’ll feel much better. Use your talents to the best of YOUR ability, not others’. True, you may be more advanced in some ways than others, in whatever is your passion, but others are a level ahead of you in other areas. Who cares? In the end, will it REALLY matter whose painting was the best, who scored the most touchdowns, or who could play the violin most beautifully? No. It won’t matter at all because we will all be judged by our character, not by our specific talents. You have been given a gift, maybe even, two. You need to imagine and create with these talents. Be a positive influence on the next generation. Get your toes wet. Make mistakes. Fail. Get up and try again. There is never enough time in the life we live, so live it to the best of your ability, and love yourself in the process… Then, you will develop the ability to love others, as well.
I’m beginning a challenge that I’ve faced before but never with as much determination. I am going to be photographing at night more than I ever have before, besides my light writing projects in college. Initially, I would like to understand how to properly photograph the moon and stars. Then, I would like to add light writing. Do you have any ideas or visual examples, of night photography or light writing, that you would like to share?