These "captured moments" are some of my best photographs as a amateur photographer. Each of them spoke to me, created a memory, and taught a lesson. In sharing them, I hope you benefit from the lessons learned.
Your eyes are immediately drawn to the two figures in the center of this black and white photo. Both are unknown to everyone viewing it, yet we long to know more about what they are doing together as companions.
Was this the dog's first or last trip to the beach? How long had they been walking? Did they just step onto the beach or were they about to head in?
The answers to the questions are not important. Instead, we should recognize the need to simply exist in and enjoy the moment. Never forget that our companions transform time into treasure, journeys into joy, and moments into memories. When life is a bit cloudy, get out into it. When the wind is whipping around, brave it. When the waves come in faster than you expect, stand your group. You can do all three better when you have a companion with you.
Let that thought wash over you and may it change what you do. Invest those "private" moments into character formulation instead of deterioration.
What personal changes are needed so that others will remember you positively, just like this spider?
For vision, it's not where you sit that matters most BUT what you see.
Yes, this is the place of vision.
Honestly, pause and consider these 3 statements: Yesterday, we esteem too highly. Tomorrow, we fear too frequently. Today, we value too lightly. Right now, choose to make the most of each day! If you look ahead and miss today, it'll be just like these historical bricks in NC - here today and gone tomorrow.
Looking back on these photos and reflecting on the experience (along with a powerful statement by my father last week) taught me an important life lesson - your satisfaction during the struggle shows your strength. When you become comfortable as life is uncomfortable, you reveal an inner strength. Never forget that the things we most want to get rid of (frustration, discomfort, hard times) are the same ones that produce growth, maturity, and development.
The next time you face a tough time, remember that statement to embrace the storm, endure the struggle, and expand your soul.
The same is true in our lives! When we do not intentionally act, we unintentionally make things worse by burying ourselves.
So, what will happen to the Ocean Pursuit? It's unclear at this time; however, the National Park Service has indicated that they will dig it out (at some point) and send the bill to the owners. When we get buried due to our unintentional actions, we face the same prospect - intentionally digging out at a great cost. In summary, diligence prevents drift and "the bill coming due."