Category Archives: Spirituality

Lemons to Lemonade: a different approach

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This is a bit of a departure from my my other postings in that it will be a little more personal. I feel like that it is important for me to document these thoughts, not only for myself, but in hopes that you will find some encouragement from my experiences.

I’m not going to bore you with the details of how this current situation came to pass because they really don’t matter so much and they wouldn’t benefit the spirit of this posting. I have been given a 3-day unpaid suspension from work. Considering the nature of the issue that led to this outcome, I believe it to be an excessive penalty. This has left me to question my self-worth as a person and a librarian. I have been left with a deep mistrust of my employer. I fear losing my job after 15 years with the same library system. I have tried to remain as positive I as I can throughout the process, but reality hit me this weekend. What would happen if I lost my job? What would I do after that? No amount of positive thinking would bring me peace of mind, Heaven forbid that these things should ever come to pass. It’s a very unsettling and upsetting feeling, to say the least. I had been handed some nasty, bitter lemons.

Then I went to Mass this morning with one of my best friends and had an encounter with the Great Lemonade Maker! I heard the themes of faith and courage throughout the service. The Maker himself assured me that everything would be OK and that He would protect me. I could hand over all of those nasty, bitter lemons and trust that He will make the sweetest, best tasting lemonade.

I don’t know exactly how that lemonade is going to taste just yet. In the meantime, I’m going to take these 3 imposed days off and take care of myself. I have some things that I want to do that will be positive for my body, mind, and spirit. This will be a time of renewal.

With that, I trust that The Maker will deal accordingly with those who dumped the lemons onto me to begin with. ๐Ÿ™‚

A higher purpose?

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One of the reasons that I established this blog to begin with was that I wanted to connect my photography with my spirit. No, I’m not referring to organized religion, but the spirituality that lies within all of us, regardless of our religious beliefs. For the record, I am a Christian.

Lately, I’ve been pondering the idea of how I can use my photography to uplift the spirits of the people of the world. Sure, I post on several different photography forums, share my pics via my Flickr account (and here), and by posting my thoughts to this blog, but I sense something in my spirit that longs to do something on a greater level that will have a greater impact on more people in the world.

Within the framework of my own spirituality, I believe that my passion and talent for photography is a gift from God. As a result, I want to use that gift to uplift as many people as possible and hopefully bring them to a greater awareness of their Creator. In doing so, I know I am honoringย my Creator.

You may not share the same spiritual worldview as I do, but I encourage you to ponder how you can use your photography to have a positive impact on the world.

I haven’t figured it all out yet, but I’ll post more as ideas pop into my head. ๐Ÿ™‚