Monday, January 5, 2009

Worry Less, And Just Be

Have you been to Chuck E. Cheese's? It has photo booths in which you sit for a picture, and it comes out as a computer simulated drawing. James and I took this one a few months ago, and I love it. When I look at it, I still feel him all warm and cuddly in my lap.
We went to Chuck E. Cheese's last weekend, and James wanted to take another photo. Only this time, James didn't want to sit in my lap. He wanted to be in the photo by himself. Alrighty then. The problem is James is too short to sit on the bench and be in the photo's frame, so I tried to get him to kneel on the bench. James insisted on sitting. While I practically wrestled him into position, the camera clicked and this is what we got--a blurry, uncentered photo in which James is not all there.
James scampered away from the photo machine, and I looked for a trash can to toss the photo. Then I looked at it again and stuck it in my purse. It reminded me of my mental state some days. Instead of being fully present, my worries blot me out, and I get through my day only half there.
So I'm going to keep these photos as a reminder of what I need to work on this year. I need to keep my worries in check so I don't let all the good things pass without truly appreciating them.

16 comments:

janny226 said...

I love the one of both of you! I also love those photo things. Weird how they're like the worst photos yet they can capture so much, right? maybe because of the whole Chuck E surroundings, we all let ourselves be ourselves...

Jonny's Mommy said...

What a great lesson. I know what you mean...some days I am like that too. As I get ready to go to work today (after taking a half day because of a toothache, plus not wanting to go anyhow) I will keep this in mind. Thanks for the HASAY encouragement!

~ April ~ said...

What a great reminder! Thank you for sharing. :)

I love that first picture of the two of you. *wub*

Mama Zen said...

This is a really cool post. What a great reminder!

Rjs said...

What a great reminder that not everything has to be perfect!

Lilacspecs said...

Certainly a good way to look at things. Life isn't made up of a succession of perfect moments, so why not remind yourself via picture? Just because it's not perfect doesn't make it less important right?

Memarie Lane said...

I have one of Max and I up on my message board. It's really old, but I love it.

MaryAnn Ashley said...

THIS is what I needed to hear TODAY. Thanks for sharing so many, 'right on' - 'this is my life' moments.

jennie said...

That picture of the two of you is awesome. I know the feeling on the second. We've never done those while at the cheese restaurant there is usually such a long line...

LceeL said...

Yes. So right. The idea is not to let the worries and issues blot everything else out.

Kathleen said...

Wonderful post! I love both of those photos, even before you told us the meaning behind them. What can I say, I'm an art teacher.

And I like the reason you kept the second photo. Hopefully it will inspire you this year.

bernthis said...

I agree. for so many years, I've been walking around with my shoulders at my ears. I can't believe how much I let get to me. it's as though I'm in a hurry to get somewhere and I don't know where that is.

suzannah said...

it can be such a challenge to be "fully present" when there are so many demands and distractions competing for our attentions. good meditation!

Stimey said...

That's a really nice way to look at this.

Cookie said...

That's the best CHuck E CHeese photo I've ever seen! (the first one, I mean.) The second one looks a lot like the ones my kids get there :) Now I'll have to look at them differently ;)

Maria said...

Amen to that!!! By the way, I think it is artistically beautiful.