Embracing the Process
It's so easy to get caught up in the final product. I began my career as an art teacher several years ago by documenting finished student artwork. In my mind, I would think I can't wait until 3rd grade finishes their peices so I can display them and photograph them! At one point, I took out my camera during a lesson and started taking pictures of the progress. I found the resulting images to be sensational. They were mini impressionistic renderings of fleeting moments, blurred discoveries, and colorful question marks. Uncharted territories.
I took my camera into my own studio, too.
Once I started looking for these overlapping moments sandwiched between start and finish, I began appreciating them in different aspects of my life. It wasn't just about "Finishing Friday"- it was about Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I began seeking out these overlooked moments and taking time to acknowledge things, as they happened, that brought me joy.
I found it took a level of committment and intention to press the pause button and capture the unfinished stages. I still have to remind myself to consiously embrace the present, love the process, and remember that the conclusion means nothing without a beautiful story to accompany it.
After all, loving each step of the process and celebrating each stage will only make the end more meaningful.
Celebrate NOW and let happiness reign...always :)