Friday, December 18, 2015

Not Just For The Holidays

by Dotti



Have you been enjoying this month’s theme as much as I have? The Flickr gallery is a treasure trove full of photographic art. The IG feed is alight with the beauty of the holidays. It’s breathtaking!

It’s always easier during the holidays, family celebrations, and special events to “Celebrate the Moment”. And the idea behind it was to give ourselves permission to stop, breathe, click (or not) and savor the little moments of the holiday season.

Now, I don’t know about you but I think we would be very wise people indeed if we continue this practice into the New Year. Yes, I mean stop, breathe, click (or not) and celebrate the little as well as big moments that surface in our lives each day. For myself, I find that doing this goes hand in hand with the practice of gratitude and with the practice of gratitude comes a healthier, happier me.

Just because I love the morning sun shining through the window blinds.

It’s true that some days we’ll struggle to find something to celebrate but chances are it’s there if we’re intentional about finding it. The art of celebrating the moments will enable us to be more intensely in tune with what’s going on around us, to notice things we’ve never noticed before. Sometimes we’ll take a photo and sometimes we’ll just tuck the memory away in our hearts.

Just because there is fall color sparkling in December.

When we celebrate these moments by clicking the shutters on our cameras, let’s remember to print them and put them somewhere - on your blog, in a scrapbook or photo book, on a table or a greeting card. Wherever! It’s important that we don’t lock these little memories away in the hard drives on our computers to lanquish in perpetuity. The joy they brought us in the first place will multiply when we print and share them.

There is no joy too small to celebrate.

Just because.

 How about it? Are you in with me to continue to celebrate our moments as we journey through 2016 together? I hope so, I love company.

9 comments:

AFishGirl said...

I'm with you, Dotti, I'm with you! It's very true, all you say, and those shots are dreamy. Maybe "celebrate" might be my word for 2016. You just never know, maybe...
Having tea and waking up, grateful for hot water to shower, a car to drive to a job I really love, a warm home to come to at the end of the day where Fishboy will stand and open the door when I step on the porch (always) and you know this porch, Dotti, you came through that door. So many blessings in every day. Yes, celebrate. Let's. oxoxoxoxoxox

Dotti said...

What a beautiful comment, Pam! I just love that Fishboy opens the door for you when you come home and I can see it in my mind's eye and in my heart. Yes, tha is something to celebrate! ❤️

kelly said...

yes! yes! yes! i want to! xoxoxo

Kelly Kardos said...

This is going to be a mantra of mine so YES I with you-to take it one step further I ordered a book by thich nhat hanh that helps guide you to celebrate even the mundane chores-I can't wait to dive into that reading.thank u Dotti for the reminder

sherrygaley.com said...

I agree with every word here Dotti! So well said. The ability to celebrate every day is a superpower -- one that everybody has access to. Love, love love the table in the morning sun!

Cathy H. said...

Your images show your celebration of light! They're beautiful! I'd love to join you in celebrating 2016. I'm considering attempting another 365 and celebrating the small and large moments will be a good place to start! And, YES I need to get more of my photos off my computer!!

nancyjean said...

hi Dotti ... yes, i agree. i really believe that photography helps me to slow down and celebrate the little things ... the small moments of life!

kybarb said...

Beautiful photos Dotti! I am with you and every one here in wanting to celebrate the everyday moments. I have been learning to do this more with each passing year and photography has certainly helped me document those little moments of beauty in my every day. I think I need to read the book Kelly has mentioned to learn how to celebrate those mundane chores I keep putting off...

Barbara said...

You are very wise, my friend. We find gratitude through our lenses. Gratitude makes us healthier and happier. Grateful today for a warm fire, surrounded by Christmas and some quiet with my honey to enjoy it all.

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