Finding Peace

21 May
Blue Serenity

Blue Serenity

“Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.” –Swami Sivananda

This photo was taken in La Jolla, California a few months back during blue hour.  I believe this was taken right after I narrowly missed being swept out to sea by a gigantic wave. haha  Since the moment I decided on this composition, before I even snapped the shot, I loved this scene.  It gives me a sense of calm.

Call me a peace-loving hippie (because I am), but I spend a fair amount of my time on introspection.  What is worth dumping my energy into, what will yield results that will increase the quality of my life, are my actions ones I can live with long term, etc….  My goal for every day is to resist the negativity around me.  Aggravations and annoyances happen, and there isn’t much I can do to control that.  I can only control how I react.

Often, during trying moments, I will remind myself of the logic of the situation.  I tell myself, “It can always be worse.”  During my saddest and angriest moments, I remind myself to be grateful for the good things in my life.  I have food, shelter, and family that loves me, friends that support me, and a great set of basic rights protected by my government.  I’m not desperate, I’m not property, and for the most part, I’m safe.  In the grand scheme of things, whatever is bothering me is probably relatively insignificant.

I suspect at this point, if you read the blog, you know music and musicians are a big part of my life.  This month, one of the musicians in our circle passed away.  He was a young guy, always happy and full of positive energy.  He made a huge impact on the people in his life, both through his music and his attitude.  The tragedy shocked our community.  It is never easy to lose someone who had so much life to live still, but in particular, it was hard to lose a shining light in the sea of humanity.

Events like this are a huge reminder to appreciate the things we have and to live our lives to the fullest every day.  We are but a sum of our experiences, and every day we face choices that will lead us down the path of anger, or the path of quiet peace.  I can’t say that every time I take the high road, but I’m trying. haha  At the end of my days, I don’t want to carry the weight of regret.

We only get one shot at life.  It’s a wild, unpredictable journey and it’s up to every one of us to seize opportunity, to feed our passions, to encourage happiness and to find love.  I’m rooting for all of us. 😉


27 Responses to “Finding Peace”

  1. Ines May 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    The photo is beautiful and what you’ve wrote too – thank you for the reminder 🙂

  2. David Pasillas May 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    So wise 🙂

  3. gtonthenet May 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Lovely photo.

  4. Ali Radwani May 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Very Beautiful.

  5. Mark S May 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Nice photo and you have a great perspective on life. Keep staying positive and continue to shot what you like.

  6. pretzellogic June 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    hi shann! may i ask what lens you used here? canon 17-40?

    • seeingspotsphoto June 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      Hi! It was a Canon 10-22 wide angle (I believe). That’s what I had on the camera for more of the trip. 🙂

      • pretzellogic June 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

        loved the pic! i’ll look that lens up. thank you!

      • seeingspotsphoto June 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

        Welcome. Let me know what you think once you use it. I actually rented it, loved it and it’s on my to-buy list now. haha

      • pretzellogic June 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

        will sure do! just bought a canon dslr camera so i’m still learning. will have to depend on blogs like yours to get better at this 🙂

      • seeingspotsphoto June 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

        Well, always happy to help as I think most photogs are. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Networking is often very under-rated…your photo friends can be a huge source of information for the little pieces of info that never make it to the internet!

      • pretzellogic June 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

        i will check on your blog more often and consult you on forthcoming lens purchases. appreciate it very much!

  7. ladyfi June 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Such a lovely serene shot.

  8. wittpic June 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Wow! That’s an incredible shot! Very beautiful! You have a new follower for sure!

  9. Matthew Durr June 10, 2013 at 3:32 am #

    Beautiful seascape, love the half-and-half composition. Always love your meticulously planned shots. 😀

  10. Geedebee June 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Greetings from another “old hippy”… 😉

  11. Photography Journal Blog June 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    I love the photo, I’m sorry for the loss of your friend.

    • seeingspotsphoto June 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      Thank you. He was such a good guy, he is definitely missed!

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