Train yourself to let go… of everything you fear to lose. -Yoda

It’s easy to get distracted in our day to day lives. Somedays flow like a natural spring from the hillside and other days waves bounce you around like rafting the rapids. It doesn’t seem to make much difference what the distractions are, a distraction is a distraction. The allowing of outside influences to take over our thoughts is distracting.

Personally, I’m about done with the distracting nature of things today. Today referring to the past 6 months or so. You know the whole covid dilemma along with the world is coming to an end constant bashing of many media outlets. There are serious issues with real consequences happening today. As I write this there have been many forest fires ablaze for an entire month in Colorado and the western areas of the United States. These issues are worth being aware of. They destroy natural resources, personal properties and human lives. And though I could, I will not begin down the rabbit hole that is the nature of the United States political system that has played out this year.

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. -Yoda

Being aware and staying aware is not the same as being distracted. Reporting news is to make others aware of current events (dare I say, truthful reporting that is). Story telling of personal opinion or the constant attempts at igniting emotional extremes is nothing more than an attempt to distract from actual events. Which is neither news or science.

Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.  -Yoda

For these and other reasons that I’m sure many of us have, I believe it is time to make a conscious effort to fortifying our thoughts from distractions. Don’t ask me how one actually does that, but in the words of Yoda, “No, try not, do or do not, there is no try”.

Not the most positive way to start a post on a website about photography, and the creative spirit I know. But there does come a time when each of us must stand at the line in the sand and make a decision. You have only two choices. Stand still, or cross the line and continue on.  Okay, enough of my little rebellion against the past 6 months. 

So great life is, to finish it no way there is. The more you would enter into it, the vaster would be the possibilities that open their doors. -Yoda

It is now Autumn! What a glorious time of the year. Autumn has always been my favorite season. There have been years when Springtime has given me the same satisfaction as Autumn, but year after year Autumn never fails. Even when our expectations seem to fall short, it is never truly a failure.

You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. -Yoda

As I build my expectations of the next 4-6 weeks I know there will be some let downs. I will visit places with high hopes only to have those hopes be dulled or fall flat. But I, we, all of us, must not let temporary let downs distract us from the greatness that exists, whether we are able to see it at the moment or not. 

Luminous beings are we… not this crude matter. -Yoda

When the world seems full of distractions remember, there is still extreme natural beauty that exists.