It is easy to let your soul wither beneath the business of life.
In my life I have had experienced joyful days where my very heart seems to sing and in this same life I have been paralysed by uncertainty, sadness and bad decisions.
I have learned many lessons along they way, but most importantly I have discovered the importance of replenishing my soul.
Each day I count my many blessings – and trust me I am truly blessed. I am surrounded by people whom I love, cherish and simply couldn’t live without and in return I am loved and cherished by many. Surrounded by my blessings I have discovered the reality there are many ways to replenish my soul, but one that many people overlook is the ability we have to replenish our own souls.
In the past 8 months I have rediscovered a joy so great it calms my heart and brings peace to my being.
Some people meditate to achieve this level of serenity and calmness… I take pictures.
I have always loved photography, but in the last 8 months I have embraced my camera with a joyful fervour. This became undeniably apparent last week. June is a terrible month for teachers. We are scrambling to meet curriculum, mark assignments and final tests all while at the same time trying to find a spare moment to write report cards. This is our harvest, and there never seem to be enough days to finish all we need to do. One evening last week I was beyond tired, grumpy and stressed. The very thought of sitting down to my kitchen table to mark another paper was just about going to be my undoing. My hands were clammy and my heart was racing. My next act was one I did with little thought.
I rose from the dreaded table, walked to the office and picked up my camera. It felt so good in my hand; like it was an extension of my body. My mind began to focus on light, f-stops, shutter speeds and the flowers that I knew were going to be my subject. I stepped out the door onto my porch and immediately started clicking away. I was drawn in by the vibrant colours, fragile stamens and delicate petals.
I was quickly enveloped in a calmness that surprised me in that moment. I didn’t step outside to take photos for the purpose of posting them on my blog. I didn’t take the photos for anyone other than myself. In all truthfulness I didn’t even look at them until I started writing this post. At the root of it all, the very act of taking those images brought peace to my mind and with each click of the shutter my soul was replenished.
In 5 minutes my heart rate had slowed
in 10 minutes my mind was settled
in 15 minutes I was whole again.
In writing my blog, I have also discovered the same soul replenishing qualities. The thoughtfulness that goes into putting words to post is just as focusing as taking photos. I love my blog in that it marries two creative elements of my life that create calmness in my world. So let me say thank to all of you who have joined me on this journey. Most importantly, I must thank my husband who has been there encouraging me right from the start. This post marks the 100th post on my blog and I am humbled each and every day by the kindness and support I have experienced since I have joined the WordPress Community.
Wishing each of you serenity and a replenished soul.