Including Less

I am on a journey to include less in my life so that it doesn’t hinder me from what is most important.

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Anna Ruby Falls near Helen, Georgia.

Reality is that neither you or I know the exact date or time that we exit this earthly life.  Two more days, a few months, six more years, or maybe several decades, only hindsight will reveal the length of our life journey.  Just saying only God knows the exact number of my days.  He formed me in my mother’s womb, He alone knows how much longer this part of the journey is.  (Psalm 139).

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Rushing Waters

What’s most important in my life . . . well, somewhere along the way I thought it was having stuff, i.e. possessions.  I am thankful for what I have, but just not interested in collecting and maintaining it as I once did.  As the years progress, I see that possessions are not the things that share love with you. They are poor substitutes for relationships.  I have been very fortunate to have a loving family and loyal friends through the years.

At this point in life, I want to have more time with people and less with the possessions.

These photos were taken at Anna Ruby Falls, near Helen, Georgia. Anna Ruby Falls.  Recently, my husband and I joined my sister, brother and their spouses for a few days together.  As the youngest in my birth family, I know that we now face less future time together than what we have previously enjoyed.  So, at least twice a year we meet somewhere to enjoy being together, since we all live hundreds of miles apart.  Weekly phone calls and texts help, but are not the same as “face time.”

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Along the Path

 

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Leaf

Texture, texture . . . didn’t have my macro lens with me, but still looked for opportunities in the midst of huge boulders and overflowing waters.

What or who is most important in your life?  Pursue it, now!

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Life, Lemons and Southern Tea

Sweet Southern Tea - With Lemons

Sweet Southern Tea – With Lemons

Life, lemons, sweet tea and a southern girl. . . with the heat index over 100 degrees, I am enjoying my sweet ice tea, with lemons of course!

Yes, in the South we use hot water to make the tea, then cool it down with ice.  Sweeten it a good amount, and then add lemons for a bit of tartness.

Many times you plan for something to go one way only to have it turn out completely different than you expected.  The choice is to add a bit of sweetener and to use the lemons to your advantage.  A bit sweet, a bit tart, life is full of both flavors.

After shooting this image, I have a lot of respect for those who photograph food.

In my case, all the items in this image were real, not artificial props.  The sweet tea had been refrigerated, but the ice still melted quickly.  It took several tries and several glasses of tea to make this image.

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