Perspective

Sitting outside yesterday evening after work while Peanut splashed around with her water table, I glanced down at the water pooled up in one of the cracked areas of our patio. It filled in around sweet gum balls, browned leaves and hints that fall *might* be on its way.

Looking down at that debris-filled puddle, I was reminded that life is always about perspective. You can focus on the mess, the decay. You can focus on the negative or the sad.

Or…. you can change your perspective.

You can focus on the reflection of the green leaves of the trees above in the evening light. You can focus on the reflection of baby blue skies peeking through the trees.  You can focus on the new, the vibrant, the positive.

 

Nacogdoches photographer thoughts on perspective with images of a puddle reflecting the trees and sky above

 

You can choose where you place your focus, and the only thing that’s changed is the perspective you’re using to take life in.

And if the subtlety of that shift in focus is too much of a challenge at this point – if it’s too hard to simply look for the silver lining when the dark gray is too prominent, to see the reflection in the dirty puddle, you still have an option.

You can always just look up.

 

Nacogdoches photographer thoughts on perspective with image of trees and blue sky

 

Here’s to remembering to take charge of our perspective this week, y’all.

Your Compassion

In honor of my word of the year, I thought I’d love to share this quote from Buddha…. makes a whole lot of sense, and can really help when it comes to trying to balance things out. Don’t forget to be patient, kind and compassionate to yourself today.

Nacogdoches photographer image of blurred sunset on the ocean with an inspirational quote from Buddha

A Better Way to Start the Day

I think there are a lot of us – especially in my generation and the generations that follow – that have our phones with us at all times. We’re connected to social media. We’re connected to email. The phone is right at our bedside, serving as an alarm clock.

I realized last night that when that alarm goes off (after however many “snoozes” it takes to actually start to get up), I tend to grab my phone as I come into the world for the day. It’s there as my mind starts working and as I subconsciously start to gear up for the day.

I check email to make sure I haven’t missed anything crucial overnight. I check social media or blog notifications to see if there are comments I want to reply to.

I realized last night that when that alarm goes off, I shouldn’t be starting my day with work. I shouldn’t be starting my day with seeing what new likes or follows have come in overnight. I shouldn’t be starting my day looking at the amazing work of the people I follow.

I should be starting my day looking at the amazing Word of the God I follow.

Nacogdoches photographer image of a rich-colored Lubbock sunrise through cattail plants

I recently started a daily devotional plan through an app (YouVersion – Bible) on my phone. I was reading it in the evenings or right as I climb into bed at the end of the day.

But I thought – how much better would it be to have his Word in my mind as I come into the day?! So I am starting to do my devotionals in the mornings in an effort to let it be more of a guide for my day.

The app is simple and convenient, and offers lots of plans you can choose for daily devotionals. Moving forward, I would love to try to get a devotional book and a journal instead of using my phone, but for now it works well!

Have any of y’all tried a mobile app for daily devotionals? Which one would you recommend? And which printed versions would you recommend as well?