While photographing in the garden early this evening, I suddenly thought, “I am doing something I love!”
About fifteen months ago, I discovered I have a lot of fun taking pictures with my smartphone camera – especially of nature shots.
I had a lovely adventure with an online photo course in the summer of 2013, taught by Tammy Strobel of RowdyKittens.com. Bursting with happiness, I wrote a blog post about it.
Inspired from watching a slide show this morning as part of Susannah Conway’s course, Photo Meditations: Infusing Your Images with Soul, I popped myself outdoors during the time before sunset called the golden hour.
I have written many times in this blog about how my life feels, well, more alive when I make time for creativity, nature, relaxation, kindness, and compassion. It is why the tagline to this blog is: how to live with more love. It is where my passion exists. I connect more easily and lovingly with others. I get more done. My whole being flourishes.
Engaging in something I enjoy, even for a few minutes, spills over delightfully into other parts of my day.
Benefits I Have Noticed
1. Peace & Joy. I feel calmness and joy more often, while experiencing less anger, anxiety, and depression.
2. Creative Solutions. Innovative ideas and possible solutions to problems seem to show up faster.
3. Motivation. I am particularly glad to report I have more motivation to take action on both small and large tasks I might otherwise feel resistance toward doing.
I feel gratitude for each of these benefits. What I find myself most reflecting on recently is the sometimes elusive motivation aspect.
When I make room in my day for doing even one action I love, this seems to evoke in me enough natural willingness to go ahead and do other things I want to accomplish.
Completing work tasks, cleaning the house, paying bills, and other “to-do’s” all seem easier. Yes, it’s true – When I allow myself time for the fun actions, I have found there is more motivation for the other actions that I may not like so much.
You might like to take a look at “Finding Happiness” under Pick a Topic to Explore in the margin of each page of my site, to discover other posts that intersect with today’s subject.
Dear Reader, I wonder . . . what motivates you? How do you feel when you regularly schedule creativity and other avenues of enjoyment into your life? What lights up your passion?