Four Years of Flowers for Mom!

I am going to ask you to do something every day for four years.  You can decide how much time you want to dedicate to that one thing.  The only requirements are that you do it every single day, and that it touches your soul.  No cheating, no skipping one day and doubling up the next.  Every day for four years you must do that thing, even if you are sick or exhausted, even if you are in a financial crisis, even if there is a major event that changes how the world operates, even if you are having some skin cancer removed, even if things at work get busy, even if you are traveling, even if your brother’s wife is battling lung cancer, even if your daughter is getting married, or even if your mom has Alzheimer’s.  You must do this thing every single day for four years.  Forget it, right?!

Flowers for Mom Vol IV April 24

It sounds so good to set a big goal and work to achieve it, but if it looks like it will take too long, or be too hard, it is easy to settle for a different goal, or just be happy with life as it is.  From your armchair, you can cheer for those who set and achieve a goal, and it is easy to assume that others do those kinds of things, not you.  As a regular girl next door, I am telling you there is absolutely no way I would have agreed to the challenge of doing something like photographing a flower, every single day, for four years.  Strange thing is, here I stand as having done exactly that.  Perhaps the best way to get somewhere is not by looking at the goal on the horizon, but by simply taking one step.  Before you know it, you have taken 1,460 steps and traveled farther than you ever imagined possible.

Flowers for Mom Vol IV May 20

My journey is not that of a hero, but of one needing to dig deep into her soul to find solid footing, and to work through life challenges. By connecting with nature and creating art, I was given the lens through which to see beauty in everyday moments.  Thanks to the bountiful support of friends who are everyday people, just like me, I am celebrating four years of my “Flowers for Mom” project.  What a journey it has been, and what a surprising gift that my story is being shared far and wide, as recently evidenced here.  

Flowers for Mom Vol. IV February 1

It is out of kindness that people say they love what I am doing for my mother, but the truth is, I am the greatest beneficiary of this project.  My heart is full from the richness of moments with nature, and individuals who let me know how this work has touched them.  I marvel at having made a decision one summer day to start a daily practice that now allows me to wake up to a text message from a nurse saying that she never tires of walking past the “Flowers for Mom” exhibit in the hospital on the way to the COVID unit, and that she tries to stop by every photograph at least once a week.  I never tire of people who share their flower photos with me and say the flower made them think of Mom. 

Flowers for Mom Vol. IV February 16

Today, I invite you to start something that will touch your soul.  There is no need to look to tomorrow.  For today, choose a first step with the intention of continuing to walk.  As you do, you will have moments that make you cry, friends who hug you, and strangers who thank you for inspiring them.  You may find yourself having one of the most powerful conversations of your life with your father, as you look back over four years and see that the story is not one of sadness, but of joy.

Flowers for Mom Vol. IV August 1

The fourth year of the “Flowers for Mom” series closed on August 1, 2020 with a tiny flower spotted beside a dirt road by my father, my favorite flower scout, who has chosen to see the bright spots along this Alzheimer’s journey we are sharing.  Stay on this Camera Journey with me as I begin year five, Volume Variations.

Beauty abounds.  Seek it daily!

Four Years of Flowers for Mom

Four Years of Flowers for Mom

I am going to ask you to do something every day for four years.  You can decide how much time you want to dedicate to that one thing.  The only requirements are that you do it every single day, and that it touches your soul.  No cheating, no skipping one day and doubling up the next.  Every day for four years you must do that thing, even if you are sick or exhausted, even if you are in a financial crisis, even if there is a major event that changes how the world operates, even if you are having some skin cancer removed, even if things at work get busy, even if you are traveling, even if your brother’s wife is battling lung cancer, even if your daughter is getting married, or even if your mom has Alzheimer’s.  You must do this thing every single day for four years.  Forget it, right?!

Flowers for Mom Vol IV April 24

It sounds so good to set a big goal and work to achieve it, but if it looks like it will take too long, or be too hard, it is easy to settle for a different goal, or just be happy with life as it is.  From your armchair, you can cheer for those who set and achieve a goal, and it is easy to assume that others do those kinds of things, not you.  As a regular girl next door, I am telling you there is absolutely no way I would have agreed to the challenge of doing something like photographing a flower, every single day, for four years.  Strange thing is, here I stand as having done exactly that.  Perhaps the best way to get somewhere is not by looking at the goal on the horizon, but by simply taking one step.  Before you know it, you have taken 1,460 steps and traveled farther than you ever imagined possible.

Flowers for Mom Vol IV May 20

My journey is not that of a hero, but of one needing to dig deep into her soul to find solid footing, and to work through life challenges. By connecting with nature and creating art, I was given the lens through which to see beauty in everyday moments.  Thanks to the bountiful support of friends who are everyday people, just like me, I am celebrating four years of my “Flowers for Mom” project.  What a journey it has been, and what a surprising gift that my story is being shared far and wide, as recently evidenced here.  

Flowers for Mom Vol. IV February 1

It is out of kindness that people say they love what I am doing for my mother, but the truth is, I am the greatest beneficiary of this project.  My heart is full from the richness of moments with nature, and individuals who let me know how this work has touched them.  I marvel at having made a decision one summer day to start a daily practice that now allows me to wake up to a text message from a nurse saying that she never tires of walking past the “Flowers for Mom” exhibit in the hospital on the way to the COVID unit, and that she tries to stop by every photograph at least once a week.  I never tire of people who share their flower photos with me and say the flower made them think of Mom. 

Flowers for Mom Vol. IV February 16

Today, I invite you to start something that will touch your soul.  There is no need to look to tomorrow.  For today, choose a first step with the intention of continuing to walk.  As you do, you will have moments that make you cry, friends who hug you, and strangers who thank you for inspiring them.  You may find yourself having one of the most powerful conversations of your life with your father, as you look back over four years and see that the story is not one of sadness, but of joy.

Flowers for Mom Vol. IV August 1

The fourth year of the “Flowers for Mom” series closed on August 1, 2020 with a tiny flower spotted beside a dirt road by my father, my favorite flower scout, who has chosen to see the bright spots along this Alzheimer’s journey we are sharing.  Stay on this Camera Journey with me as I begin year five, Volume Variations.

Beauty abounds.  Seek it daily!

Happy Earth Day!

What CAN you do today?  You CAN celebrate Earth Day!  How long has it been since you planted something starting from seeds?  Perhaps it is time to go for it.  Whether you have a kitchen window sill or a sunny patio spot, you CAN plant something and watch it grow.  Doing so is a wonderful reminder of how connected we are to the earth.  We all depend on clean water and sunshine, as well as rest.

Turn towards the sun and celebrate the earth!

For today, go about choosing how you CAN respond and celebrate this magnificent earth!

Making a Wave

How many choices do we make every day?  As we make decisions to say things and to do things, the most critical choice we make is the emotion behind that action.  Do we choose fear, anger, hate, or do we choose love and compassion?  Each seemingly small decision creates a ripple effect.  When fear is dominating our actions, we are putting more fear into the world.  When love is the place from which we act, we are setting off a chain reaction that allows love to spread beyond that single decision.

What can you choose to do today, that demonstrates compassion and puts into motion what your best self wants to see in the world?  Perhaps it is simply caring for yourself in taking a few moments to step outside and let sunshine land on your face.  Maybe it is a phone call to say hello to someone in a long term care facility where visitors are now forbidden.  How about reaching out to an old friend who you have been too busy to take time to see?  Imagine the ripple effect of your laughter as you share old stories!

While we may feel that all decisions are being made for us and we are to simply comply, that is not the case.  We can choose the emotion behind our responses, and we can choose how we spend our moments within the time and space we are given.  Just as I did not choose to be the daughter of one with Alzheimer’s I was able to choose to respond by photographing a flower a day.  I can, and do, pause for beauty every day, and so can you.

With each passing day, I am witnessing creative responses to our current times, and seeing people harness the power of their talents to bring joy and light into our world.  We can watch live concerts online, we can see images of new works of art, we can watch videos of people saying things that encourage positive thoughts and actions.  Let’s choose to spend our moments watching and doing things that our best selves want to see in the world.  Together, our small actions make a giant wave.  Here’s to that wave being powerful and beautiful!

Inspiration from “Flowers for Mom”

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