If I asked you to paint me one snapshot of your day, what would you tell me? If a photographer was following you around capturing moments at random, which photograph would represent most accurately your entire day? Is it a snapshot that is clearly happy? Is it a snapshot of the one second of your day that you found a smile? Is it a snapshot that shows your internal struggle? Is it a snapshot of you?
It's hard to think about. I have moments of significance to me because they are calming. I have moments of significance to me because they are empowering. I have moments of significance to me because they are messy and real. Each day I would pick a different snapshot of my day to represent my most accurately. It's the practice of looking for these moments where we can find a place that's ours. It's what I remember most about my day, whether it's from the back of a horse, in my office chair, or snuggling with my kid.
There's something to what kind of snapshots we chose to remember. Which snapshots are you choosing to carry around? Some of us carry around snapshots of today. Others carry around snapshots of the future and some carry around snapshots from the past. The feelings we associate with each picture can shade the glasses through which we see everything.
I thought about this blog subject yesterday, since I'm still working at the ole daily blog idea. Yesterday's snapshot would have been of a gift. I was given an hour of time I didn't expect and got to escape to the back of my horse. While in the past I would have been upset that I couldn't make it to the barn because of boxes to check or an activity level to keep, I felt the warmth of my heart on the back of my horse. I changed the association to my snapshot and empowered myself in doing so.
It's the snapshots that we carry around that are affecting us daily. Be your own photographer and decide which snapshots you want to keep. Leave the rest behind.