Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It's here...

...the middle of July. And I did it, I chose to "run away" for a few days last week. I left this beautiful scenery at it's peak time of year and went to NYC. Summer on Cape Cod is the time of year I long for. I love the hustle and bustle. I love the scheduling challenges, it's similiar to fitting the pieces of a puzzle together. I love the energy on these teeny tiny dark streets. The quite of the very early morning, the blazing sun in the late afternoons.
I share with you my NYC get away because as I was walking down Madison Avenue one afternoon, I got a call, I didn't answer it and let voicemail pick up. You would as well if you ever walked the noisy streets of New York. Answering your phone while on the streets of this city is bordering plain rude. No meaningful conversation can be had that way! I listened to my messages a bit later and responded accordingly. I checked emails and found myself caught in a place, wishing maybe time could stand still, for so many reasons. I had received 2 messages from past clients, one goes back to my first year in business, 14 years ago. This particular family is coming back to their family home in Chatham for the last summer and wants the kids photographed again! The house is going on the market.
The next message was from a woman, again a family I have photographed numerous times at Wequassett Inn. She was sharing the news that her oldest daughter is to be married and they would love to have me come down and photograph the wedding in Short Hills next summer! I couldn't think of another family whom I would be delighted to work with again as I have photographed the extended family so know them all.
As I dialed the phone I started thinking of how things change. The natural ( and some unwanted) occurrences in life. For some I am sure the sale of an old family home would be very hard to endure,it is the end of one chapter or in this case many chapters.
A wedding for many is saying "goodbye", which I simply do not understand. However can you only imagine what lies ahead? The possibilities are endless. The new places you may visit and explore. The new people who are now going to be in your life, at your holiday table, on family vacations. I do tend to see the positive side of things, well I sure try to at the least!
To look at where I just came from, what occurred and what thrilling adventure will eventually be at my feet.
In this bustling world, New York City reminded me just how busy it is for so many people. I wonder how many are present and living in the moment. Realize in this world how fast things change, be open to change! Teach your kids to be open to changes as we are living in a society that is forever evolving.
Always remember when one door closes another door opens. Endless possibilities lie ahead when you are willing to open your eyes to them.
~ Cheers~
Sarah

Thursday, July 7, 2011

good or evil wolf?

Recently a friend posted the following story on the Pictage Forums. It is attributed to Cherokee tradition, but has roots in many cultures. It offers an interesting perspective...

One day an old man and his grandson were sharing some time together and the old man told the boy a story about two wolves that wage a battle inside of us all.

He said, “One wolf is evil. It is anger, jealousy, false pride, greed, regret, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego.

The other wolf is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, generosity, truth, compassion, benevolence and faith.”

The boy thought about the story and asked his Grandfather, "Which wolf wins the battle?"
The grandfather smiled and said, "The one you feed."

When you choose which wolf YOU will feed keep in mind it will reflect in all you do, every step of the way.