Welcome to another Photo Friday! I hope that y’all have had an outstanding week. I’m sure that most of you know we have a new President here in the United States. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by everything that has been put in motion in the last six days. I am at once both fearful and outraged, and as a friend and I were discussing, it feels like we are living in a constant state of anxiety.
Much like last week, that anxiety seems to be fueled in part by our winter weather pattern. We’ve had days in the mid-70s, and we’ve had days of utter cloudiness. Perhaps it is appropriate because it feels like the world is on a bit of a roller coaster ride, vacillating between hope and despair. With each new leak that comes out of the new White House and each new executive order signed, I wonder if it can possibly get worse…and then it does.
You cannot live in a state of constant anxiety for very long, and I think that might be part of the plan. I think perhaps those who are pulling the levers of power now want us to be so overwhelmed that we throw up our hands and say, OK. Whatever. You win. I admit that I’m at that point. It’s hard to know what to contact my representatives about next. Even though there are wonderful tools being created to help keep you abreast of everything, it still feels like wading through molasses. I’m using 5 Calls and Countable to keep me on top of everything. Those only address issues at the federal level, though. Here in Mississippi, we are facing dangerous issues in our own legislature and from our own local representatives.
As we walk through the new reality in which we find ourselves, I am reminded that we are not good for anyone or anything if we are not first good for ourselves. The most important parts of my day now seem to revolve around taking photos and looking for the light. Photo Friday gives me the opportunity to do a little bit more with my images than let them stay on my hard drive. While sharing these images is a lovely thing, what they do for my peace of mind each morning (and occasionally each evening) is far more important.
It is fortunate, I think, that the weather has mostly cooperated with me. There was only one morning this week where it felt like the weather was as dark as the news coming out of Washington. A few minutes with the camera seem to be one of the best uses of my time. I don’t know if art and photography are subversive acts, particularly given that our President and our local legislature seem hellbent on eradicating them, but they feel that way to me.
My days are long, and I usually don’t make it out for the sunset, but I did this week. A quick shoot to capture the sunset turned into a 3 hour odyssey for Photo Friday. My toes were in the sand, the birds were chattering noisily, and there was a little bit of wave action. The world felt just a little bit more at peace.
I hope that you have had a good week and that all is peaceful where you are. I’m actively working to find ways to lessen my anxiety (including a trip to the doctor). I’m also looking for ways to balance the energy I can give to fighting and enjoying the life in front of me. Sweet Husband and I are talking about unplugging regularly. We’re looking at focused blocks of time away from the devices and turning off the tv. We want to focus just on each other. How are you maintaining a sense of balance? Tell me about in the comments.
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I can’t wait to see what y’all have for us this week! Y’all share some outstanding work, really taking 2017 to another level in just the first month!
Last week’s most-viewed post came from Shiju Sugunan of Cranium Bolts who shared a chef workshop with us. It looks like he had an outstanding time!
Our final link came from Maria at My Travels Affair who shared the Bolivian Salt Flats with us. It reminds me a lot of the salt flats in western Utah, a place I’ve driven through many times. As always, there are a ton of great photos shared later in the weekend. Consider going back and taking a look at some of them and leaving a little bit of love. Supporting each other is one of the great benefits of being a member of this community 😉
I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week!