Time has flown by at a breakneck pace. The fall seemed too short and our political cycle way too long, trying and divisive. I don’t know about anyone else, I’m exhausted. It’s been a tough few months and the media/pundits promise a future fraught with fear, turbulence and uncertainty. I simply refuse to accept that prophecy. I know that all of us seek a better future for ourselves and our families. We all are struggling to see our way through the maze, mirrors and misinformation that bombards us daily. Taunting us with dread, darkness, and defeat. The demise of our essential core values and the destruction of all we hold dear.

While I can not change the rhetoric and vitriol that has pitted one side of our great country against the other, I can make a solemn oath that I will do my part to uphold the values and beliefs that have helped to make this country a beacon to the rest of the world. I promise to seek out goodwill and show love, respect and peace for all in my own little corner of the world.

I am going to focus on the immense beauty that surrounds me. It’s part of the reason I take photographs, to commemorate and rejoice in the bounty and majesty of life. I pledge to be kind to friends, family, and strangers. To uplift myself and others with my words, thoughts and deeds. I will focus on the good that is in the world. I will search for it, revel in it and share joy and gratitude so that it can multiply.  

I don’t believe the world or the Universe for that matter believes in scarcity, I think that is something we have all been lead to believe. And when words aren’t enough there is an incessant, unrelenting, stoking of the flames, a drumbeat of war to continue the narrative of despair, division and hate. I do will not dance to that beat. There is enough in this world for everyone to succeed without someone having to lose or be destroyed. 

I don’t hate anyone or wish ill upon any of my fellow Americans or my fellow Global Citizens. I want us all to succeed and prosper and to find a place where our dreams can be nourished and realized. With Liberty and Justice for All!

May this season be filled with prayer, love, justice, abundance, and peace. Oh and beauty….lots of beautiful images to lift all of our spirits this Holiday Season!

Long Lake

Long Lake

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