Darkness and Light

“…You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death…”

As Pink Floyd rightly observed in their song Time, every day we are one day closer to death. With that dark thought in mind, we turn the coin over to see the other side - the side that brings us light. That light is this: Every day is a new beginning. Yin and Yang. Darkness and Light. You cannot have one without the other. It is the Tao of life.

We have a choice - so why not choose the Light? What do you want to photograph that you have been thinking about for a while? Is it a new to you subject? A photo essay? An ongoing photo project? Does it involve travel? Whatever may be the case, don’t let another day go by without taking action toward that subject or project.

Taking action may be as simple as picking up your camera, walking out the door and photographing the subject you have been thinking about. Taking action may involve travel that will require research, planning and coordinating. If so, start now. Make a commitment to do at least one thing every day that will bring you closer to realizing your intention. Move the ball forward every day.

Let today be a new beginning; don’t dwell on the dark side of the coin. As Carrie Newcomer urged all of us, Lean Into the Light.

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