October 21, 2003 by Allen George
I think that too often we focus on what we’d rather do instead of what we can do.
Can not in the sense of ‘capable of’, but in regards to opportunities that are available to us. By simply thinking of an ‘ideal’ project, one that is perfectly suited to our temprament, we may ignore the hundreds of little projects that pass us by each day. Yet, the more I think about it, the more I wonder if the little projects aren’t the key. By doing them, do we not gain the experience to recognize and tackle the bigger projects as they come?
Today I rearranged the photos I took over the vacation into three piles. The utterly crappy, the decent ones and the few I think are exceptional. I mean exceptional in relative, not absolute terms. At any rate, there’s one photo in particular that I think came out very well – its this one photo that has piqued my interest in photography. I even have an idea as to what subjects to concentrate on next and believe it or not, an ideal title for the group of photos on that subject.
Today the world felt more alive than I can remember. I suppose in the traditional sense, it was a gloomy day – yet for some reason it was more than that to me. As I walked out in the morning, the entire atmosphere, yes, my entire surroundings a blue-gray that was all encompassing, comforting, I could almost feel everything move around me. Perhaps it was the wind rustling through the trees. Maybe its motion gave life, animated objects that too often are part of the background – I don’t know. As we drove today, I was conscious that for the first time, I truly felt good, as if the world was no longer dark or repressive, but full of movement, a barely contained energy that you felt. That you knew was just there, an undercurrent waiting to be revealed. Yes, today I felt something I have not in a long time – wonder – and peace. For just 50 minutes when I traveled to work, I wasn’t fighting against it all, I simply allowed myself to be carried away.