10 ways to add value to the world

Find pleasure in what you have, and appreciate it deeply. Not saying all ambition should be quelled, but if you can’t appreciate what you have now, chances are that you won’t be able to appreciate what you obtain in the future. Take time to enjoy the things that you once looked forward to but currently take…

A new habit: Talking to Myself

I tried something new and uncomfortable today, and I got so much out of it that I’ve decided to make it a habit for at least the next thirty days. I’ve long known the benefits of meditation, and for years I’ve told myself that I would start doing it on a daily basis, but for…

Insignificance

What if the universe could speak to us. What would it say? Nothing, I imagine, because it wouldn’t have noticed us. It would be like us paying attention and speaking to each and every one of the smallest particles of our own bodies. And hey, who knows? Maybe the universe can speak but simply hasn’t…

5 Great Quotes

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” –John Lennon This is something I’ve been feeling very deeply and with much regret lately. Having a toddler, time feels especially merciless. These first years of life are so important. There is so much that I wanted to do to make them more…

Learning how to give

It’s not unusual for men to be minimally involved in wedding planning, but I imagine it’s pretty rare that a woman has to plan one almost completely by herself while her husband-to-be is living overseas and won’t be back until just days before the wedding. That’s what my wife did, though, and at a very…

String Theory

Some day I’ll be able to play the guitar well enough to write songs that are what I want them to be, rather than what I am limited to playing. It’s always frustrating to hear something in your head and not know how to translate it to an instrument. I bought my first guitar in March…

A Walk in the Park

My wife and I took our daughter to our favorite park for the first time today. We had a wonderful time watching her play with friends and run wild. I ended up running into someone I kind of knew through a photography group on Facebook. She was there with her husband and daughter. Her daughter…

My college education

  I’ll come right out and say it. I’ve long regretted my college education to some degree. I majored in “Christian Ministries,” a major that most people have surely never heard of. It was basically a degree designed to prepare people for a life of ministry in one form or another. It was a program…

C1, C2, C3

Today I spent a little while looking up tips on camera settings and functions for my specific camera, the Canon 7D. One handy thing I finally figured out, thanks to this blog, is how to save custom settings (up to 3 sets). It will be nice to have the specific settings I need for different…

Imagine there’s no TV

What if all the hours I’ve spent watching TV or playing video games in my life had been spent reading, studying, doing some kind of hobby, or cultivating some kind of interest or skill instead? I’ve thought about this many times before and reasoned with myself that video games and TV have contributed so much…

Babes

Sifting through videos and short films on Vimeo today, I came across two that were about babies. One was a collection of one second clips collected every day for a year and edited together. the other was just a beautiful selection of shots of a baby boy and the house/environment that he’s growing up in….