Don't Wait for the Photographs
Question: "Did you have a good vacation?
Answer: "I don't know. I'll tell you when you I get my photos back."
That's an old, if no longer timeless, joke. The digital age means we don't have to wait for photos to "come back," but the wisdom remains. Sometimes we need to look at the visual memories and milestones to have the perspective of how good things are, how good life is.
Over the weekend, I worked on organizing photos: upwards of 40,000 and mostly from the past six years. Amidst the photo work, I enjoyed a few fond memories of Tennessee Ernie Ford, particularly "Sixteen Tons" and "Amazing Grace" thanks to YouTube. I needed those visual reminders of the videos and the photographs to trigger my memories, adjust my perspectives, and focus my thoughts.
Between photo albums, online videos and the hundreds of ways that technology allows us to revisit almost every year of our lives, we have the option to rejuvenate our memories and our senses, and to be reminded of the things that have provided us joy and value throughout our lives. They also serve as reminders of persistence, tenacity and optimism for what is yet to come. The same things we should keep close today.
Nostalgia can sometimes be an "explanation" for why then was great and now is terrible. Take the time to look at the images and listen to the songs of the past. Don't wait for the images to "come back." Seek them out. You'll see the affirmation of how great it has all been.
Listen to Life is a free newsletter about learning and getting more from life by paying attention to our own stories and the stories of others, based on the presentations, writings, photography and workshops by Dion McInnis (www.dionmcinnis.com). Copyright 2009 Dion McInnis. All rights reserved.