First off, there is no picture for today. I have been busy doing work around the house all weekend and did not even come close to taking a single picture.
The Pastor at the Church we have been attending made the statement in his lesson today that the term "passion" was dead. He talked about how all buzzwords are dead or dying. He also mentioned that passion as a descriptive term was probably misused anyway as it is actually a word that means "suffering".
I have thought a lot about his message, as I always do. He is probably right. I think in these difficult times we are tired of buzz words put out by those who greedily took our money and came up with hundreds of ways for us to give them more. Where did that statement come from? Gee, I am a capitalist too. I believe in the free market system, but boy did it run a muck. I am glad we chose the path we did. We took care of our debts and only then did we really start investing. As a result, today when and if we choose to retire we don't need to worry about making enough income to make payments. We will still go on investing in retirement plans with the hope that our system gets back in sync, but we have a lot less worry than most.
But back to passion, what is the real word I am looking for. I have a passion for photography. It sounds right. I have a love for photography and photographing the people and places of Mid-America. Is that a better description?
My photographic passion has been waning of late, it seems I will never be as good as others I know. The organizations I have been a part of have become more political and less helpful. I long for the days of simplicity when we didn't have a lot of rules, and when we did simple things as a group for the fun of being and learning together. I have a feeling there are a lot of those in the same organization as me who love the new ways and would fervently disagree with me. Perhaps others would agree. That is fine and proper. If an organization begins to not fit with you there are always others which will.
In the meantime I will go on trying to find my place in the world. Trying to say something with my photography. Looking to develop my art. I will think less about trying to be as good as others and just be good enough for me. Perhaps in that way I will reach my destination.
Thank you all for sharing this journey with me. There are not many of you left from our original numbers. I am not sure what happened. It seems that interest in blogging and the web in general has died with the economy. I am working on changes to Ozark Photos. I hope it will be a better and more interesting place to come visit in the future.
In the meantime good shooting. I can't wait to get out and take some pictures.