“…is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.”
This is one of those countless “inspirational” sayings you find floating all over the Internet. I happened to see it on Facebook, posted by a friend. Normally I skip over these. I mean, yes, they’re nice and positive and sort of philosophical in a Hallmark-card kind of way, but hardly meaty or deep.
But I liked this one. I reposted it. It speaks to me.
I confess, I’m one of those people who has little tolerance for negativity in my personal life. It’s not that bad things never happen to me or my family, I just find it tedious to dwell on them.
This doesn’t mean I ignore my own or other people’s genuine pain or grief. I’m not talking about real depression or people coping with tragedy.
But negativity for the sake of it drives me wild. Pity and self pity drive me wild. If someone says they can’t do something, I try to help them think of ways they can. If someone says I can’t do something, I shrug. I know I usually can, if I set my mind to it.
There are so many really big and seemingly insurmountable problems in the world that I find it easier to deal with life if I take control of my own mind and actions first. That helps put everything else in perspective.
Which is why I take pictures of flowers.
Someone who knew me from my previous phase in life as a journalist asked, why do I take pictures of flowers? These “pretty pictures,” she said, don’t really do much to advance humanity, and she urged me to go into photojournalism instead.
I had to think about that. And think about it. I love great photojournalism. I have deep respect for the men and women who do it. And I know that it’s not for me.
Flowers make me happy. They give me pleasure. Really, it’s that simple.
I want to see beauty and capture it. I aim to get better and better at it.
That doesn’t mean I ignore the world around me. Take a look at my Faces category, or my post titled, “The underbelly of paradise…”
I shoot what I see. I enjoy what I shoot.
And right now, at this time in my life, this is how I speak about joy, and life, and how I share it.