Blessings

“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”~C Dickens

Expect blessings and accept misfortunes with grace.  Count your blessings, small and great, don’t dwell on past misfortunes or mistakes. Open up to the bigger and the better.  It’s a simple philosophy but I believe that it works. There is only so much control we have within our power but our attitude is one thing that we do have control over.

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Shot with my new 50mm 1.8 lens, I finally bought one after seeing it used as many photographer’s go-to prime. It’s creamy and dreamy and as I like to use shallow DoF for photographic artistic expression, I’m surprised it took me so long to get one. One of the first shots out of the box and I ♥ it already.

I used to say “homemade” prayers with my son when he was a little boy.  We’d each have to come up with 3 things for which we were thankful. Some days we all have to stretch it….at times I recall saying things like “I’m thankful for a bird that I heard singing today.” Some days that is more than enough. Today is one of those days for me as I visited the shrine here that firefighters, residents and visitors have made on a fence near a fire station in Prescott in dedication to the Yarnell 19 hotshot heroes.  It kind of puts life into perspective.  Here’s a shot from that memorial:

Yarnell 19
Never Forget

A wide angle lens from afar could not capture the entire scene; that’s how many people have come to give their thanks to those men.  I missed all the memorials for the hotshots due to being away and am glad I at least got to see this.

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