Thoughts on The Drive – Gratitude
Not everyone sees this beauty and peace. It’s not outside of me. I am aware it’s inside. I choose to see this.
The lens I placed in front of the camera of my eyes this morning only allows a perfect image to imprint itself on the film of my mind. Are there filters? Most likely. If so, I am mostly aware that I chose those too. I own the camera, I select the quality of the film, I manipulate the camera settings, and I exchange filters and lenses as I please. I practice to be more skillful at selectively capturing the images that are meaningful to me. I adjust for a long shutter speed to get my maximum exposure for the cool stuff. Short shutter speed for the stuff that passes by in the blink of an eye. I edit and cut the final photos for the stuff I want to keep. To experience longer. To pass on.
It’s cold. Damn cold. And there’s a lot of now. Never-ending snow it seems. But in this moment, I am so grateful that I have this drive, this scenery, this sunlight and this music. Every week. Cruising through such beautiful, Driftless country. This is my job. Sharing this view with others. This is my life. I’ve created…this.
My sacred livelihood. Have you found yours yet?