Showing up for my life

Mammatus clouds over Molokai, Hawaii.

The front porch of the Hi Hoolana neatly frames a stunning panorama from the island of Lanai, to the King Kamehameha palm grove all the way over to the west end of the island of Molokai.  For those of you who haven’t visited the Hui for a photo workshop, the front porch is not only home to one of the best vista’s on the island, but also serves as an open air classroom and hosts some of the finest dining on the Island.  It was here that Dewitt, Rikki (aka The Bear) and I were sitting to debrief the mornings classes.  We were continuing the discussion of what is the greatest life lesson that photography has taught us when The Bear, like a Buddha dropping nuggets of wisdom, shared his greatest life lesson from photography.  He said “Ultimately, this is about showing up for your own life.”

Wow.  That is a thought I will be chewing on for the rest of the week.  How am I showing up for my life?  How am I being present and not worrying about tomorrow – for tomorrow has enough worries of its own?  Sometimes for me this only happens at 1/100th of a second.  I had a brief moment of showing up for my life as I was walking back from photographing some amazing colored birds when this stunning mammatus cloud briefly appeared over the town of Kaunakakai.  A giant brushwork of art in the sky, only to be gone 30 seconds later.

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