Photos of Life

by Teresa Smith on December 19, 2011

For so many, the holidays bring on stress, sadness, frustration. I admit, at times I fall into this pattern during the holidays. I miss my parents. Christmas seemed more as Christmas should be when they were alive. I remember trying to find that special gift for mom and dad, something they would really like. Somehow I hoped it would represent how much they meant to me and the appreciation for what they had done for me.

Now that my parents are gone, I don’t really purchase that many gifts. At least I don’t have the stressors of battling the crowds. I don’t know about where you live, but once Thanksgiving rolls around, traffic becomes unbearable. I met my cousins at a restaurant near the mountains last night and got caught up in traffic for nearly an hour just trying to get back to the interstate.

With all of these stressors that are upon us, I sat down tonight to put together my Christmas ECard. I do actually mail out Christmas cards, but I also like to send out an ECard to a larger group of friends and family. One thing I like about ECards is that I can add photos and make it personal. As many of you know, I love photography. I have a camera with me at all times, well… during waking hours. So as I was putting my card together, I began looking through the pictures I had taken over the past year. It was so calming and brought a smile to my face.

As I was adding the photos, I recalled where I was, who I was with, what I was doing, and how much fun I was having. It’s difficult to imagine that all of those pictures represent a year in my life. The great thing about these pictures was that I was able to love and appreciate each of these events, the people that were there, the gift that I experienced. Recalling these events brought joy to my heart and even a laugh or two.

When life gets you down, pull out some old pictures, look at your cellphone or smartphone and view the pictures you’ve taken over the past few weeks or months. Look at the events that brought joy to your life. Most of us don’t take photos of the bad things in our life… we take pictures of the fun things. We want to hold on to and cherish those events forever.

It’s amazing how our energy can change just by thinking of or recalling happy memories. As this year comes to an end, spend a few moments during the week or even during the day, recalling some of the happy moments you experienced during this past year. When you need a quick pick me up, look at a photo. Life doesn’t have to be so stressful, take a breather, take a moment to smile.

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Blessings in the coming week and Merry Christmas

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