“Life can be like a roller coaster with its ups and downs. What matters is whether you are keeping your eyes open or closed during the ride and who is next to you.”
― Ana Ortega
Uffda. It’s been one of those weeks. The heartfelt gratitude I feel about life, in general, has pushed against some scary unknowns, causing an epic tango of emotions. Perhaps I’ll share more about this dance in the future, but for now, it is not my story to tell.
My focus, therefore, is to remain positive. I was listening to my friend, Dewitt Jones, on his TEDx talk today. He was saying he had wanted to take a photo of a field of dandelions, but by the time he got around to doing so they had turned to seed. “I wanted dandelions and I had puffballs.”
He was frustrated with the conditions, with himself, and started to leave. But then he was reminded of a core belief…to always celebrate what’s right with the world.
He got down on the ground with those seeded heads. He looked over, under, and around them. And then, being Dewitt, he went on to capture extraordinary images.
I don’t have Dewitt’s uncanny photographic talents—yet!—but I can share his viewpoint. When we look for, and believe in, what’s right in our worlds, we find it.
I choose to focus on the positives I see every day. I choose to look at the young people who ARE making it—have jobs, have housing, and are fed. Those are not small miracles when you have lived on the street as a young person.
I also choose to cheer the people who stand up and do the right thing, who say what needs saying. I love seeing courage, and YOU my friend, have it in spades!
I keep saying it, and I will keep saying it…YOU are a light in this world to so many. I am humbled to be your friend.