I was talking with a friend the other day who shared a story with me about the death of someone they worked closely with. As for all losses, for us it seems untimely but there is another plan at work that's been in motion for quite some time that we need to bring into the equation... We are all still here to be instruments of execution of this plan and continue the ability to breathe in and out because we still have work to do... Sometimes when loss occurs we often ask "why them and not me"? I'm not going to begin to pontificate on the answer to this question other then to say "we still have work to do" and this is how I replied to my friend when asked the question above.
The work doesn't have to be overly profound or anything but profoundness because it's all relative and seasonal. It could be a life changing discovery like a cure for aids, taking on a new job that could lead to becoming President of the United States or an encouraging word at the right time. A word that could make the difference between success and failure, discovery and enlightenment or life and death. You/we may never know but that's some of the context of the work we still have to do or in some situations continue.
Have you ever had someone say to you "you saved my life" and you were left wondering "so what exactly was it that I did again"? Does a knife know that it will be saving a life today in the operating room? Do lungs know that they in concert with the lips may be extending life to family member or stranger till the paramedics arrive? Does the brain know that in partnership with the eyes, hands and lips that it will be giving a talk that will change a nation, avert war and save lives? The "work" and the scenarios go on and on... This is very powerful to me, not to be taken lightly or abused but to possibly broaden, add purpose and perspective.
As for me, in the context of "behind the lens", I still have work to do on FOCUSing on what's most important... As I mentioned in a previous post for me it's photography, photojournalism, and photojournalashion (new concept I am working on). I look at photography as an instrument to serve others as I wrote about in "we serve". It's pretty cool when you consider the power of photojournalism through the significance of pictures, perspective and expression. I am having a lot of fun with this and understand now that photography is extending me out to the world to expand what I do/did and I am having a lot of fun in the process. I have come to realize that I didn't choose "it" rather "it" chose me. And because of that, I have a lot of "work to do" to help bring focus on what's most important...
So for everyone reading this Blog entry, you too still have work to do... As with this water fountain, be very clear about your impact but take time to step back and see how it's reflected on the world to keep yourself energized and focused. Be blessed in your work ahead.