I was 18 years old when I bought my first camera. I remember looking through a catalog, page after page, of cool-looking cameras decorated with buttons and knobs. I have to admit, it wasn’t photography I was thinking about as much as it was this cool looking object I wanted to own
Photo by Emily Lucarz
Since then I have owned dozens of cameras. I lived through and experienced the shift from analog to digital. Even with this dramatic change the important concepts of photography have remained the same
My eyes have always been opened but with a camera it felt like I was truly seeing for the first time. Photographic gifts were out there, everywhere, in unlimited supply and free for the taking
I had stumbled upon something I’ve never grown tired of. And it helped a shy kid from West Virginia to communicate and share his personal vision with the world
Hang out on Facebook for a few minutes and it becomes obvious that (almost) everyone has an opinion and they’re all right even though there can be dramatically different perspectives
Yea, I’ve been guilty too. That’s why I write this
I’m going to attempt to gracefully sidestepping the dichotomy of right/wrong, and the zero sum game that goes with it. Rather, I’m going to ask…
“Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?” or stated another way. “Do you want to be right or do you want to be in a good relationship?”
The next time you’re so sure about your ideas, ideology or theology ask yourself —-
- Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy?
- Which is more important?
- Which is healthier?
- Which brings you closer to those you love and care about?
- Which moves you toward the person you are meant to be—your true self?
Maybe by looking at the two options through this lens (on being right or being in a good relationship) can make the choice very simple
Today is a sad day. I’m thankful today will not last forever. And I’m thankful that the difficult days don’t define me
I don’t have to have it all together all the time. Or even some of the time
I will live honestly with myself and give others the space to do the same
I will not fake it to make it today
I’m letting go of what I think life should be like. Instead, I will accept life as it is
Why do I feel a little dirty for being a white man? Heck, sometimes I feel like I’m a punching bag
In the past it was women and minorities who bore the negative. But today, it seems the one group who it’s socially acceptable to stereotype and criticize en masse is white men
If I swapped out “white men” and replaced it with the name of pretty much any minority group it would be politically incorrect, at best. But it’s okay to talk about me – an ‘old white man’ this way?
Funny how white men are prefaced these days with ‘old’ white men. I guess that’s because there are so many of us. But you know what? A lot of old white men have done some really great things! Ben Franklin was an old white man. Bill Clinton is an old white man. A lot of my friends are old white men
In a vacuum, being a white male shouldn’t be anything to be ashamed of. And yet I cannot help but feel ashamed when I talk with my liberal friends. And if you believe all the liberal writers we “white male” are little more than a badge of shame, I guess something I should feel bad about
But no one should be ashamed of their color, race, or ethnic heritage, but at the same time, it’s not something to be proud of either. You didn’t choose to be born white, black, Hispanic, Lithuanian, Iranian, or whatever. It reflects no moral credit on you, nor moral discredit
No one should have to feel this way about who they are. Not blacks, not Hispanics, not even historically privileged white males
I’ve been around for awhile now and I’ve looked at the many different spiritual beliefs humanity has adopted & engaged in since the beginning. Some of these spiritual beliefs has a savior – some do not. But the common thread among them all is the many christian principles embedded in them all. And that’s probably because the principles work 🙂
I consider myself pretty open and for sure I’m tolerant of other people’s beliefs even though I believe the Jesus story has ‘by-far’ the best apologetic. You can find extra-biblical sources, totally disconnected from the christian community of the 1st century, that historically confirm the biblical stories you read in scripture. So I choose to believe the Jesus story over all the others
But I can’t help but look at the print media and wonder about their proclaimed tolerant level. Just take a glance at the titles i found in a Google search below. Which, btw- are all from the Huffington Post
6 Things Christians Should Stop Saying To People
Are We Finally Witnessing The Death Of Christianity
The Ugly In Christianity
5 Reasons Why I Hate Religious Christianity
Don’t Call Me a Christian
What if I wrote —
*The Ugly in Islam
*5 Reasons I Hate Islam
If I did. I think I might be called a name
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.