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The Value you Add to Life

I still haven’t posted the blog I was writing the past month or so, it’s still sitting in “drafts” and I’m not quite sure why, maybe just want to get it perfect, maybe just not ready yet.

In that post I talk about a few topics and one is my goal with my ‘art’/photography. Why I’m doing what I’m doing, and why I have been doing what I’m doing and why I’m still trying to do what I want to do; for the past 20+ years.

I found this quote and it’s starting to make sense. Maybe I had the wrong goal. Maybe instead of focusing on what I can get out of the world with my art, I must rather think what can I add to life with my art?!

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.

William Osler
24 December 2020

After some reflection I came to the conclusion, for now, that my goal is to take photographs of flowers/nature and share those photographs with the world and maybe it will brighten someones day, maybe someone will slow down a bit when they see a pretty picture in their news feed and instead of continuing on their endless scroll… maybe make a plan to go out in nature and seek that same beauty that they just saw…

I dunno, it’s an idea, that is what I’m giving now, that is what I can add right now and all I can do right now is to see how it evolves.

I’ve learned a few times that things evolve and grow, it’s one of the laws of nature, growth. It’s just that sometimes we feel stuck, trying to grow between the rocks, but it’s possible, so I’m just going to do what I can for now and not expect anything and see how it grows.

7 thoughts on “Value

  1. What a beautiful quote and value to live by. I think it is a wonderful idea. I believe that creative /artistic people see the beauty and the depth in life. They often ask… ‘what’s my purpose? What’s the meaning to life?’ and they need to be valued, appreciated and seen. It’s part of the gift of their personalities but as with many gifts comes the shadow of feeling devalued or unappreciated. Like you have mentioned we can look to the world for affirmation or we can affirm and encourage the world through our light.

    1. I think we always think “ what value can I bring” it’s difficult to answer before you do something sometimes. Better to just DO and later you can reflect and see the value you brought.

    2. Yes exactly, otherwise one does a lot of sitting around and nothing happens 😁

    3. And that is exactly what I’ve been doing of too much lately. 🙈😢

    4. Well I hope you’ll be kind and purposeful… The Creative journey is an adventure.

    5. It sure is. Now I’m here to enjoy the journey and the adventure and the scenery. 😊

  2. […] on my mind lately is PURPOSE, what is my Purpose in life/with my art, and yesterday I wrote about VALUE, what Value do I bring to the world! I talked about what we can ADD to life, and not what we can […]

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