Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Present and Accounted For

by Kelly


That's what I used say in school during role call.  'Here' meant I was present.  In my seat.  I was accounted for.

These days, 'here' is something I say to myself.  'Here' means that I am present in any given moment. On difficult days, I am here.  I acknowledge the darkness and give thanks to the light.

On days when lack of sleep or too much media or a to-do list that won't quit sends my head spinning, I can push the pause button.  I can breathe.  I am here.  I am present.

In happy moments, I can let the joy wash over me.  I can receive the gift.  I can relish in wonder and thanksgiving.

I am so grateful for my camera.  I am so grateful for the gift of photography that anchors me in the present moment. I am so grateful for a community of kindred souls to share it with.

I am here.

Love, Kelly


AFishGirl said...

And I am very glad you're here. When I was a little kid, we had to answer with "present!" Mindfulness in 1968, who knew, right? I wish today you could hear my daughter's choir sing this song with a chorus of "we let the joy/love/hope wash over us, we let, we let, we let." Each verse uses a different word. Thank you for brightening this space I occupy, Kelly. Present!

heyjudephotography said...

Your words always inspire me to try to do/be better, and I do feel I've learned to be more present, but it's a constant battle with all that is going on. Thank you for a beautiful reminder today. XO

Sandra said...

What beautiful images to accompany your thoughtful text. I especially love the garden table dotted with fallen leaves and wonderful lighting.

Unknown said...

thank goodness for all of that.

leigh said...

Just beautiful!

Unknown said...

And I am very glad that you are here!
Happy day to you!

Dotti said...

Home safe and sound and present. All good things. Right now being "present NOW" is about all I can handle. So much swirling around globally and in my own life, I just concentrate on "now". And now is good. And your lovely photos were a great way to start the day.

Cathy H. said...

Beautiful thoughts this morning, Kelly, and of course the images are gorgeous! Being "here" and being grateful for the moment keeps me balanced in this crazy world we live in!

terriporter said...

Yes, you are here and we are so happy you are! You add such a bright light to this space and I am so grateful to you for that. Your amazing photography, your down-to-earth approach, and your honesty all make you such an important member of this group and I so agree with you that photography and being present are what keep me grounded. Happy to be sharing it all with you!

pjs said...

I love your photography and I love your thoughtful approach to life. You are much like the light that you so beautifully photograph. There is loveliness and serenity wrapped around all of your images. Thank you for sharing❤️

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