The experience of this pandemic and the resulting home-bound time has helped me to become more comfortable with just being and not doing. Life was pretty busy for me until last March. Since then my life has slowed down quite a bit.
I find myself being more aware of my surroundings, noticing little things that I might normally not pay much attention to, such as the bird life around me and the plants along the path of my walks.
This plays out in my photography. Since I’m not doing much traveling, I am more focused on local sights, getting a new perspective, noticing more details and recording them with my camera, connecting with my environment in a positive way.
Being open to life as it presents itself means letting go of my expectations and holding my plans lightly. It means appreciating my blessings and being receptive to God’s invitation to open my heart and soul to the world.
“The two disciples followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” (John 1:38-39)
2 thoughts on “To be”
Thanks, Fr. Ron. for another great collection of photos and for the reflection on “being rather than doing”. Even in more normal times, when we are “doing” more than we are during the pandemic, we should focus on “being” as well as “doing” Thanks again for the great photos and insights.
It’s so easy to be captured by our activity or our to-do list. We exercise our freedom, when we make time to take a deep breath and settle into ourself without expectations. Enjoy your day!