What’s the biggest problem with our fast-paced lifestyles? We are missing all the really cool details during our day. For example: I was running late for work today (Gasp! I know you are all shocked) because Little B was issued a citation for fighting on the bus (Again–shock, dismay!) and I had to bring him to school this morning. I was rounding a corner downtown trying to make the light, and almost completely missed a man standing in line at the local mission for a meal, wearing a t-shirt that said, no lie, “I’m a Gangsta.” But I did see it! Had I not been in such a hurry though, I wouldn’t have missed the opportunity to archive the image. What a wonderful message for our children. Do you see the irony? (Of course you do, you are all smart people. You are reading this, aren’t you? It’s not rocket science.)
This made me think of a new idea…
We should all strive to stop and smell the roses every now and then. Even if the rose is a poor man waiting in a soup line wearing a “I’m a Gangsta” t-shirt. Don’t you see people all the time that make you say, “Wow.” Let’s start a new campaign, then. We’ll call it, “Can I take your Photo? Friday.” God gave us camera phones for a reason, people. Send me your “Wow.” photos, and I’ll post them on Friday. To qualify under this post, you have to actually speak to the subject of the photo, and ask their permission to take the photo. The goal is not to sneak photos of weird people and post them on the internet to their shame. You don’t have to go into details about what is going on…just simply say, “Hey! May I take your photo?” Trust me, the type of people who will spark your interest in taking such photos will LOVE it.
Oh, and I did make the block this morning to try to catch Mr. Gangsta to ask if I could take his photo, but he’d already gone inside the mission, and I didn’t care enough to park and go inside. But my new goal this week will be to find him and take his picture. Hopefully he doesn’t change clothes very often.
Let’s do this!
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