“We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
It is easy to get distracted with all of the crazy things happening in the world. It seems like there is never a dull moment. Being an elementary school never has a dull moment either. It is easy to get distracted and overwhelmed by everything that is going on. It is easy to lose focus on what matters, and what the long-term goals are. One bad day doesn’t define an entire year. One bad hour doesn’t ruin the day. When I reflect on my day, I try to look at all of the moments. Taking time and making a space for reflection is important as well. Most of my reflection happens in the mornings. My family typically leaves for school or work about an hour before I have leave. I use that time to reflect and to set my focus for the day. The timing works for me because it allows my thoughts to settle, and by the time I begin my reflection I am able to look back on the whole day, not just one part of it. I also use my weekly bicycle rides to help me focus as well. In order to keep my focus on the right things, I have to make an effort and take the time.
I took these photos during my winter break, while we were staying near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It had just rained a lot the night before, and the temperature was super warm outside. I took advantage and went walking down the mountain. I followed the path set up by the powerlines. There was a runoff stream that ran beside it. I walked down the mountain snapping every great scene I could find. That’s why I like exploring where I am staying at. I am always surprised by some of the wonderful shots I capture.