Slowing down + looking up

 

There is something breathtakingly wonderful about a people coming together under one roof, to eat a meal, to talk together, to soak in the sunlight, to inhale coffee. My mother, youngest sister, Caroline, and I have made a tradition of it on Saturday mornings. Just us three for breakfast at la Madeleines. So much truth and growth have come from these mornings - when we linger, we slow down.

Sometimes, in this fast-paced society it's hard to remember that it's ok, it's better - to slow down. It's when we put down the phone and pick up the book, close the laptop and open the journal, ignore the noise and listen to the quiet -->> we have begun to really understand, to create, to move forward. 

This past week I began a photography course with some of my favorite photographers - the Parsons. Just two weeks into this journey, I have learned so much about creative flow, inspiration, time-maneagement, and (very importantly)….the dangers of social media. I've begun to realize how much time i've wasted on social networking. It's like i've been so glued to that screen, that phone, that icon, that I've missed THAT moment - real moments happening NOW. Happening HERE. And it grieves my heart. To think that I could come to the point that only a screen, only likes, only comments matter to me. Not my sisters eyes, my mothers smile, that strangers presence. This realization has really changed how i'm approaching life - all of it. 

I'm putting down the phone more, leaving the notifications un-checked, and reaching out. To life here. Life now. 

Sometimes it's hard to remember why I do what I do. Why am I a photographer? Why do I take photos? Social media sometimes confuses my 'why'. Gets it all mixed up. But it's mornings like these - with family, with a meal, with the sun, with another breath the breathe - they make me see…this is why. This is why. 

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-Elizabeth Bristol