Tomorrow in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. A day in which we give Thanks for the life we live and Thanks for those who live life with us. It is a time to pause and give thanks, spending time with the family. However, consumerism has begun to overshadow the solemn nature of the day. Stores are opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Day trying to lure people in early with sales, sales, sales. It is my hope people will resist the bargins and enjoy the true treasure of the day: Giving Thanks and Those Who Share Life With Us.
Sometimes Life is what you can find. Above is an image of a Squirrel, who are very resourceful creatures. They can find food anywhere and from various sources. They eat food found in nature, they eat food from your birdfeeders, they eat food from your picnic tables, they eat food from your trash cans, and they will eat food you feed them by hand. Squirrels find what they need to get thru life. They show us that our carefully planned lives may come down to what we can find just to get thru life. It is important to be resourceful in life and accept the things you need just to get by, even though it may not be exactly what you want. Let us keep ourselves open to ALL the resources we have and remember: SOMETIMES LIFE IS WHAT YOU CAN FIND!
Above is an image of an Anteater harassing a Turtle in the confines of a zoo. Have you said or heard "You have to come out of your shell". I have said and blogged the statement and in all truth I believe it is a true statement. However, Shells do exist for our protection and we do need our Shells to get thru Life. Nature uses Shells to protect what is important and the soft side of creatures. Everything from Seeds to Sea Creatures to Turtles have shells to protect them, but at some point they must come out of their shells to live and grow. Our Shells protect our softer more intimate moments of ourselves. We still need our Shells to protect ourselves , but we do have to come out of our shells to live and grow. About coming our of your shell? Come out, but do not leave your Shell far behind for your own protection against the hurt and pain of Life.
Above is an image taken at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Seattle. It is my son sitting on the "Iron Throne" from the HBO series "Game of Thrones". In the show about 6 characters aspire to sit on the Throne. Throughout our human history, we have had the desire to sit on Thrones. History is filled with plots, schemes, betrayals, and dirty politics for those who desire to sit on a Throne. Today, there are not too many actual Thrones left, but Thrones have taken on a symbolic meaning of power, being in charge, and being over people. Sadly, the same plotting, schemes, betrayals, and politics still apply in our modern times. The problem is and always has been, if you attain the Throne, there are so many behind you, who have the same desire because THE THRONE CAN ONLY SIT ONE".
This past Saturday, I had a Family Photo Session with an amazing family: The Kimbrells. The Session went well with everyone having fun, the kids were kids and all the adults, well were kids too. The above image is the three children present at the session. As this time of year approaches towards the holidays, it is a time for family celebrations, where we need to come together in spite of all our shortcomings and remember the good times together.