That woman from behind looked to me, like she is 25.
After I took the picture I saw that she is almost double.
Within one second from 25 to 50 years!
And that's how life is. It doesn't sound good.
Surely we don't want to hear that!
BUT it is good to be aware of that fact - so we are aware how we spend our valuable time.
Time is very valuable! More than anything!
You can have more and more of all things you desire, but you can't have more time.
We all live in a prison. The prison of our mind.
Our mind is "protecting" us from harm.
But it is ridiculous.
What harm is there to dance on the street? Singing in a train full of people?
Giving that pretty stranger a smile?
Dear mind, what is the danger?
"You could be seen as a fool and get rejected"
It is worse to be in a prison!
Outside of the prision is the action.
Dear mind, I know you have good intentions, but you are not helping me!
You are hurting me, keeping me locked up.
Your voice will never stop.
But in future if I want to leave my comfort zone, I will count 5-4-3-2-1!
And step out of my comfort zone (prison)!
I won't listen anymore to your voice.
You have no power to keep me away from being FREE.
"Tomorrow I am going to start to lose weight."
"Tomorrow I am going to stop smoking."
"Tomorrow I am going to (?????)."
Tomorrow Tomorrow Tomorrow.....
How many "Tomorrows" did you already have in your life?
You really think "Tomorrow" is THE day to start/stop something?
If you really want something 100%, you start NOW!
There are two kinds of pain:
- PAIN of DISCILPLINE
- PAIN of REGRET
The pain of regret is much more painful.
It is your decision.
That's what a mum probably thought when she saw me taking pictures of the kids at a public fountain.
A car with two police men came and they started questening me.
I have been nice to them and explained everything and showed them the pictures.
Which I don't have to do!
I told them, that I have been there taking pictures over 10 years almost every summer.
Sitting, standing next to the fountains with my camera more than 250 hours in total.
My project has been in newspapers, I had exhibitions and won a photo competition.
The police knows that I can take legally photos there and also publish them.
They were nice to me. I could see that they felt a bit bad.
But if somebody calls the police, they have to check on it.
What I don't understand: Why didn't the mum talk to me?
I would have showed her the pictures, explained the project and would have given her one of my prints (which I had with me).
Now I have a new story to tell!
I will never know who the person was who called the police - or maybe? If you read this article, write me & we get together for ice cream and good conversations.
We will laugh together about this situation!
Kids have to learn from adults.
And adults have to learn from kids!
Kids can have joy in simple things.
They jump and scream. We don't.
Kids don't have inhibitions and connect easily. We don't.
Why do you think adults have depression?
Ok, there could be many reasons.
But couldn't one reason be:
That we don't move so much, don't play, are serious and don't express our emotions?
If a kid is sad or happy, it expresses the emotion. Do we?
Next time you are in your car, turn up the music and scream!
Play, be silly, find joy in simple things and express your emotions.
If you don't know how, then go and observe kids.
Maybe they can teach you something as well.
Are you having a bad day?
Remember the past! There are many situations where the bad was good for something!
Sometimes we don't realize it. Not in the moment and not later.
The picture is symbolic for me!
Oil is bad for the nature. It happened. You can't change it.
But I saw the heart! And it inspired me. Something good in the bad.
Now in future in difficult times, I will remember that picture.
And I will be aware and look out for the good in the bad.
A movie has a STORY.
A book has a STORY.
A song has a STORY.
People around you have a STORY.
A photo has .....
It has a story, but it is your story.
In a movie or book you have more details and background.
A photo only has less than a second information.
Most of the time it does not tell a clear story.
The STORY you have is what your imagination sees.
Look at the pictures! Do you know what is going on?
No! You have a story in your mind, but you will never know what happened.
Maybe your story in your mind is the exact the same what happened. Maybe.
But you will never know for sure.
That's one of the reasons photography is so amazing!
It fires up your imagination. It lets you decide what to see.
"Some people complain that roses have thorns. I am grateful that thorns have roses."
Why in general do people pay more attention to little negative parts of something, than rather put the focus on the big positve parts?
"Don't be ignorant. Be a realist" would someone say.
Ok, let's not be ignorant and be realist and see the positive as well. Let's put at least or even more attention on the positve.
I don't understand why people leave out the good and blow up the negative.
Is it useful?
It really doesn't matter WHY.
What matters is NOW!
NOW let's focus more on the positive and less on the negative!
For sure, we have to see the negative, but even so we have to see the positive.
"What we put on our attention, grows!"
"Ignore bad behavior and reward good behavior" - It's psychology! It works (also with animals).
What do we do?
Pay attention to the negative behavior and ignore the good behavior.
So instead of criticizing, we should be complimenting.
Let's pay attention to the good parts of a human being.
Let's compliment, so there will be even more of the good and less of the bad.
Of course roses have thorns - But there is more rose than thorns!
We all do it! But more in a negative way.
Someone told me:
"Just go to the newspaper office and tell them about your project - and expect that they might say NO"
Go somewhere and expect a negative outcome?
If I expect the rejection, it will make it less painful?
I'm going there expecting, that they say YES!
Maybe they won't. Maybe not that day. But I will expecting a YES and come again and again until they say YES.
It's also a technique used by salesmen - "ASSUME the sale".
They see a customer and assume he wants to buy the product.
That way of thinking influences the behavior of the salesmen and customer.
I assume a YES and if it is not a YES now, it will be a YES later.
It's like with the sun, I 100% assume it will rise again tomorrow.
You can see in everything only the bad.
You can see in everything only the good.
After a looooong journey from Mexico to Germany, I was very tired and hungry.
My parents and I went to a restaurant to eat something quick and go home.
We ordered and waited. And waited.
It took forever!
We started making jokes about it. We laughed a lot!
My dad said that his face hurts from laughing.
We took that bad situation and instead of getting upset we had fun.
In the end I told my parents:
"I am glad the food came very late - we had an awesome time because of that."
It's your decision how you see a certain situation.
You can see the picture and think:
"What a beautiful ring!".
Why don't people wish "Awesome morning!" ?
Why be average?
I love the morning. It's like a new chapter in a book.
Everything is possible!
You have energy and many blank pages to fill. You have the power to write an awesome story!
How you feel and think in the morning influences your day.
When we wake up we start in our mind to think in images what we have to do this day.
But that's it.
Why don't we use our imagination to think: what we would like to experience?
You wake up and think:
After work I will go the grocery store and have to buy bananas and eggs.
Why don't we think:
After a successful day of work (where the boss gave me a compliment) I'm going to buy what I need and a beautiful woman will smile at me, I will talk to her and we will exchange numbers.
Our imagination has no limits!
What we think influences our actions.
We have to challenge this muscle (imagination) so it grows!
So when we wake up, let's try to imagine how we would like to have this new day!
It's an experiment.
I will try it!