We live in an age of electronics and text messaging. A time of blogging and facebook and twitter and even snapchat. A time when it is easy to get lost in the view of the world, without really being part of what is going on around us.
I have heard so often that there are times when we need to "disconnect". It is easy to let life rule you with alarms and texts and emails and projects. But sometimes, we just need to be in the here and now. We need to stop and look around us. We need to be right here, exactly where are feet are.
When we are living in the moment, instead of in the future or the past, it is easier to be kind to ourselves. It is easier to find joy and satisfaction. When we can see our children playing with the puppy, or laughing at the birds or bouncing on the trampoline, we can be a part of their lives instead of passive observers along the way.
I love to take pictures. I love photography and the chances I have had to observe what is going on around me, however, I don't think I ever realized before how often I am not in the pictures. I am the left out observer and recorder of the events. When I look back through the family photography, I am missing from most of the shots. I really do hate having my picture taken. But I am realizing that there are times when we all need to be a participant, exactly here and now, and not on the outside looking in. There are times when we need to come out from behind the viewer and be in front of the lens.
We need to be
right where our feet are.