Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom
We just passed Thanksgiving (in the US) and are coming up on Christmas and Hanukkah, and I am willing to guess that December is the most heavily photographed month of the year. Well, last month, I spend an hour sorting through a huge box of photos and memorabilia. There were packets of organized photos from my college years, but beginning with my wedding (1997), nothing was organized, culled, etc. What a miserable experience!
Here are the things I learned:
- If you don’t sort through your photos when you get them, it will not get easier 14 years later.
- If you don’t label your photos, it will not get easier 14 years later.
- If you’re not motivated to put your photos in albums now, you won’t be any more motivated in 14 years.
- You will wonder why in the world you took certain photos. Did they once mean something to you?
- You may experience a sharp, sad feeling of regret when you come across a lovely photo of yourself and someone who is no longer a part of your life.
- Your digital camera takes far better pictures than your film camera ever did.
- What in the world was the point of getting every photo printed in duplicate?
And the changes I will make in my photographing habits:
- I will use my delete button much, much more.
- I will transfer my photos into Picasa and label them when I download them, deleting more as necessary.
- I will remember that just because I can take photos of every conceivable moment of an event, that doesn’t mean I should.
- I will leave my camera at home at times so that I can fully appreciate the event with all my senses, not just through the lens of a camera.
- I will take fewer photos of things and more photos of people.
I hope you have a great holiday season and that you use common sense with your camera. Remember, each photo you take is one that you have to process in some way. If you don’t, instead of preserving memories, you’re just creating clutter.
Today’s Declutter Item
I had another sweep through our paper files and found more out of date paper clutter. This is a task that requires attention on a regular basis.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
Last year, as a thank you gift, a friend gave me a blueberry bush. She knows I hate clutter so she gave me something lovely for the garden. Earlier in the season I replanted it into a lovely big pot I had picked up off the side of the road. I am so excited that is has grown so beautifully in its new location and I harvested my first crop this week. So, it was only two blueberries but they were juicy, sweet and delicious and I am expecting greater things from it next year. Thanks Jen for my lovely plant I am really enjoying watching it grow.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast