If you start thinking that only your biggest and shiniest moments count, you’re setting yourself up to feel like a failure most of the time. Personally, I’d rather feel good most of the time, so to me everything counts; the small moments, the medium ones, the successes that make the papers and also the ones that no one knows about but me. The challenge is avoiding being derailed by the big, shiny moments that turn other people’s heads. You have to figure out for yourself how to enjoy and celebrate them, and then move on. ~ Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life
After returning home and retiring from the Space program, he wrote the book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life, about how what he learned as an astronaut can be applied to life in general.
It’s a fascinating book, full of wisdom and the quote above was one of my favourites.
These words also describe the experience of contemplative photography, where everything counts and is celebrated, especially those small, ordinary and often unnoticed moments.
The image to your right is one example.
It was taken last summer while sitting outside in my backyard, working and reading. When I took a break and looked around, I noticed the rim of light on these ties attached to our table umbrella. Within a few minutes, the light was gone.
It was a small moment – but one filled with magic that added richness to my day.
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