We were away from home, during a critical week in the holiday season. Winter rolled in at full speed while we were gone, with snow and Arctic temperatures. As we made the trip back home Sunday, I divided up the process of return into six distinct stages: 1) making it to the airport with an easy car rental return on a snowy morning; 2) getting through Security smoothly, 3) an on time flight, 4) luggage that made it, 5) safe passage down our steep snow-covered road to the house, 5) Gary, our remaining cat, warm in the garage. It’s certainly clear that I am not an easy traveler! All five steps in the journey were successful, but now I am feeling an urgency to catch up for the critical week I have lost.
I’m taking an online photography class with Kim Manley Ort called “Celebrate Impermanence.” I was dutiful in my daily assignments while away, and it gave me good grounding to photograph, while missing home, which I always do when I travel. Today’s assignment is “Live Immediately” and Kim posted this quote for us to consider as we go about the day:
“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. The whole future lies in uncertainty; live immediately.” Seneca, The Shortness of Life.
“Expectancy”–yes, it’s a big obstacle.