“True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by.”— E.S. Bouton
There are so many “precious things” that are presented to us each day; discoveries and treasures found in simple moments, memories we wish to store in our hearts and keep with us forever.
What precious things have you gathered in 2013?
Which memories from this year do you wish to keep with you always?
This year I’ve realised that every day is about creating memories, not waiting for something to happen, or waiting for the big events in life. Learning mindfulness has led me to pick up my cameraphone and go out looking for moments.
I take photos everywhere, and I’m learning to be less self-conscious in the process. A few weeks ago I spotted a squirrel at the bus stop and I crouched down to take some photos. The next thing I knew, two very quiet school children were crouched down with me – we shared a lovely moment as we watched this little creature go about his day. Perhaps my random photo taking will encourage a bemused onlooker to notice something new in their day? I put photos on Instagram, photos that I keep just for me, photos that I do as part of an online challenge that gets shared on Facebook and Pinterest. Photos photos everywhere!
The best bit? Looking back at the end of each month and revisiting all my wonderful memories, big and small. Somehow a simple photo stops all the days fading into each other. Now I can look back on November and think “that was a great month”, because each day I captured something meaningful. My photos might be blurry, out of focus, overexposed, but so is life, and I’m learning that it doesn’t matter, it is what it is.