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Beauty June 23, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

“ At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.”

— Toni Morrison, Pulitzer & Nobel Prize-winning African-American author

Aah . . . so true!

Do you agree with Toni?  Have you reached that point in life yet?  Are you taking fewer photos and smelling more roses?

There is something to be said for just enjoying the moment, without trying to preserve it for posterity . . .

I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual . . .  
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Here’s to enjoying the moment HERE and NOW without trying to capture or possess it in perpetuity.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Val Boyko - June 23, 2022

Love this reflection Nancy. I love taking artful photos rather than having to show others I have been somewhere, done something or been with someone. Social media is not calling to me.

nrhatch - June 23, 2022

Toni’s quote resonated with me. I still take photos, but far fewer that even 10 years ago. I’ve realized that I enjoy the moment more when I’m not looking through the view finder.

That said, I still LOVE seeing photos taken by others ~ it’s nice to see what I might bump into around the next bend in the road!

2. Val Boyko - June 23, 2022

On the other hand … having no intention while simply being in nature connects me to Source.

nrhatch - June 23, 2022

As in many aspects of life, it’s all about balance. I snap a few snapshots on a trip or sightseeing excursion to enjoy again later, but I’m no longer trying to CAPTURE the day on film.

If we are not mindful, photos (dusty shadows and ghosts of the past) can drag us out of the moment where happiness resides. Here. Now.

Val Boyko - June 23, 2022

Yes. I get that. 😎 Some peeps take so many photos and forget about enjoying the moment.

nrhatch - June 23, 2022

Nicki recently commented on Behind The Story that she saw a group of tourists clamber out of a tour bus, pose for a selfie in front of the view, and hop back on the bus . . . without even pausing to ADMIRE the view. That’s funny and so sad.


3. Kate Crimmins - June 23, 2022

Natural things of beauty get etched in my brain. One of my favorites is a snowstorm at dusk with the wind whipping the soft snow in a field. I was about 10 when I saw this and it was at the house we were living in. I remember it as if it was yesterday. That beauty has been treasured over the years without a photo.

nrhatch - June 23, 2022

They say that our memories are better and stronger when we rely on them without documentation (like photos) which can often skew our perspective.

That said, I enjoyed seeing your deck shots yesterday so that I can picture you out there lounging around at Happy Hour. 😀

Kate Crimmins - June 23, 2022

Hey it’s happy hour now! Bye!

nrhatch - June 23, 2022

Now you’re talking!

4. Ally Bean - June 23, 2022

I completely agree with Morrison. I’m taking fewer photos and finding I’m happier being in the moment, trusting myself to get what I need from it without documentation.

nrhatch - June 23, 2022

Yes! I still like to share photos with others at times, but I’m less inclined to take shots just for me . . . instead I just soak it all in.

Years ago, I would fill a photo album every few months, then every year. The last photo album I curated runs for a decade (from 2007 – 2017). And I rarely refer back to any of them.

But every once in awhile, it’s fun to wander down Memory Lane using photos as a springboard!

5. Rivergirl - June 23, 2022

I’m afraid I photograph everything. When I’m old and feeble I’ll have plenty to look back in and smile…

nrhatch - June 23, 2022

What’s a blog without a few good photos? 😀

Rivergirl - June 23, 2022

Not mine, that’s for sure…

nrhatch - June 23, 2022

I don’t know if you saw it, but Ally Bean did a post based on a “Sincere Spammer” who thought she used TOO MANY WORDS and not enough photos. 😀


6. joyroses13 - June 23, 2022

Wonderfully said! Cherish the moment! ❤

nrhatch - June 24, 2022

Thanks, JR. You too!

7. Behind the Story - June 24, 2022

It’s hard to do two things at once. On a 3 wk. Rick Steves tour of Sicily and southern Italy about 15 years ago, I decided I needed to just soak it all in since I’d never been to Italy before. I only took 5 or 6 photos. And I did really enjoy the beautiful sights and the experience. But sometimes when I try to remember where we were when such and such happened, I wish I had photos to refer back to. Still, I think my decision was right for that trip.

nrhatch - June 24, 2022

Good for you, Nicki! Selective photography allows us to enjoy the moment without being preoccupied with “setting the stage” . . . while helping us to remember a few key details down the road.

So much better than snapping shots of 17 cathedrals, 12 museum facades, 16 street cafes . . . that all swim together anyway. 😀

8. Debra - June 24, 2022

I hadn’t consciously thought about this, Nancy, but I would have to say “yes,” I am less inclined to try to capture the “perfect” photo, and just drink in the beauty. ❤️

nrhatch - June 24, 2022

I think I realized that I have more than enough photos for a lifetime . . . So I’m a bit more selective in taking more snapshots, But I do enjoy seeing photos on the blogs I follow. And will continue to share some here on SLTW,

Happy Weekend!

9. L. Marie - June 25, 2022

I am taking fewer photos and trying to enjoy the beauty I see. But I can’t help taking at least a few photos to post on the blog at some point. 😊

nrhatch - June 25, 2022

Me too !

10. walkingoffthechessboard - July 29, 2022

Loved this post. Yep, I’m right there with Toni at this point. Snoopy gave me a smile as well!

nrhatch - July 29, 2022

Thanks for weighing in. I read and commented on your 4 way stop post. Good write!

walkingoffthechessboard - July 29, 2022

Thank you, Nancy…and thanks for the follow also. Looking forward to more posts here!

nrhatch - July 31, 2022

As soon as I stop procrastinating . . . 😀

11. roughwighting - July 31, 2022

Living less than 20 minutes from Walden Pond, I appreciate Henry David’s quote. And yes, I probably take less photos, but truly, it’s so easy now with our cell phone cameras, and often I’m so mesmerized by the beauty around me. That is definitely what comes with age though, Nancy. Great appreciation for this natural beauty.

nrhatch - July 31, 2022

Yes! Certain colors and landscapes and textures still ask me to document my viewpoint, but I definitely reach for my camera far less often than in my younger years.

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