When we go, our love stays!

I stopped by the office where I used to work and while there, I was reminded of something.  My Dad.

He passed away in 1991, he has been gone for 27 years.   All this time, I have thought that my dad was truly gone.   But, today, standing in my former office, a friend showed me that my Dad is still very much here.

We were chatting about photography (a hobby of mine) and as we were chatting, my friend pulled his wallet out of his pocket.   He reached inside and retrieved a photograph.   I smiled with recognition of the “style” of the black and white photo as he held it out.  It was a photo of my friend when he was a small child.  He spoke with joy as he told me how my Dad had taken that photo and the many other photos of his family, over the years.  He even recalled how some of the photos at his home had my Dad’s name embossed in gold, on the corner.

My Dad was a local professional photographer, who took numerous families photographs over the years.

In that moment, as he held that photo in his hand, my Dad was very much still here!  Photographs are one of the many cherished family items that get passed down from generation to generation.  My Dad will be here for generations to come, as his work is passed from one hand to the next. 

You may believe that you do not leave anything behind when you go, but we all do.   My Dad left his love in the photographs he took and shared.   How will you leave your love behind when it’s your time to leave?  We all have “gifts” or talents (if you prefer), sharing yours can be the love you leave behind. 

It seems to me that none of the love we give is ever, really and truly gone.    KJ @ KJ-isms

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Today is a day where we stop, pause and take time to be thankful. Enjoy this day and wherever you are, be present in the moment. Whether you are with family, friends or all by yourself today, take a moment to reflect on all the good that is in your life. We all have reasons to be thankful.   KJ @ KJ-isms

 

Guests and Visitors

I just glanced at the "visitor" count on this site and it said we have "340+" visitors at the moment.   I'm not sure what they are all doing, whether reading something I wrote, viewing some of my photography, or just passing through.   Either way, I hope that you take something, that makes you feel good, with you when you leave here.   Most of what I write comes to me randomly and I enjoy sharing it with the universe (you).  The photography is a labor of love.  It's nothing spectacular, it's just every day life.  But, they are all a moment in time that will never be again. At times, I think perhaps what I write and photograph is meant for me to share, because someone out there might need to hear or see it.  I hope that's true.  Everything that I say, has been said before in many ways, but we all need reminders at times (me, too!).   There are times that I will come here to read what I wrote and every time I do, I gain something new from it.   I hope that is the case for YOU, too.

Smile and have a beautiful day... no matter what is happening "now" in your life, you can change it in the next moment....   KJ @ KJ-isms

Crossroads and Life

Life is full of crossroads.  A stopping place, where we make our life choices.  You never know, when you will find yourself standing at one.  Perhaps you are at one right now, being presented with a choice to make.  Do you go left or right?  What you decide to do, will affect no one, like it will affect you.  But, the choices you make will also hold your consequences.  So, when you find yourself standing at the crossroad, ask yourself what you really want out of life.  Sometimes, those choices will mean letting go of the old ways and embracing something new.  Remember always, if it feels right, it is right.  Trust yourself.   KJ @ KJ-isms

 

Education leads to understanding. Understanding leads to tolerance. Tolerance leads to acceptance.  KJ 

 

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