Taking time…

This is our busy season (aka. crazy season).  We’ve got weddings and portrait sessions and editing and designing and ordering and emailing and…and…  It’s this time in the summer where I feel as though I may spin out of control.  However, I also realize how important it is to stop and take in a breath.  I don’t do this often enough, but today I did.

I had a newborn session this morning followed with an unexpected lunch date with my dear friend, Jennifer, who happened to be helping me with my session.  We decided to eat lunch outside and sat next to an older couple.  We exchanged a few words and then went on about our meal.  As we were getting ready to leave, I realized how intrigued I was by them.  I have this thing for older people…it’s in my blood.  My mom worked at a retirement home for years, so I’m naturally drawn to them.  I love to hear their hearts while they share their stories.  Well, today I decided to act on my feelings and talk with them.  We heard about their lives in their earlier days, talked about the community we live in, our children and enjoyed some laughs.  After we said our good-byes, my friend, Jennifer, and I headed back to our cars.  During that time we ran into another elderly man who was having a difficult time getting around.  It was obvious he was looking for something, so once again, I stopped.  This dear man was looking for his glasses so that he could drive home.  We went from store to store looking for them and finally found them in the visor of his car. ;)  He told us how much he appreciated our help.  As we were leaving I told him to have a good day.  He smiled and said, “I will now.”

All of this happened within an hour of my busy day.  I realize that this is our crazy, busy season and I’m usually only giving up my time for our kids/family.  But, today…today was different.  I gave up one hour of my day to have lunch with a friend, meet the sweet couple from the restaurant and help a man in need.  It was enough for me to feel inspired…inspired to come back and work, inspired to meet new people that happen to walk by, inspired to make more time for me-my family-my friends, inspired to take my camera around with me more often.  So, whether this inspires my work, my soul or both…it was worth it.  All because I gave up an hour to live life.

Vangie Lindner - Aw, thanks, Melody!!That was precious! So glad you took time. . .I know it was and will continually be worth it. MomJuly 12, 2011 – 5:45 pm

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