“Measured Time is Man’s Feeble Attempt to Constrain Eternity” – -The Philosofotographer.

Lighthouse sunset
As the sun slowly sets over the distant horizon another day comes to a close and our measured time washes another 24 hours from the bank of life. If I am there to witness it, I consider myself fortunate for the chance to use those minutes and hours to write another chapter in my own book of memories.

Time is an interesting quantifier. 525,600 minutes of our time tick off each year. On leap years, we get an extra 1,440 — a days worth.  Whether I pay attention to it or not, the background passage time makes is not impacted by my actions. It moves at a constant pace regardless of how it is measured.  And while I perceive time to pass at differing speeds relative to the activity I am present in each moment; it cares not about my perception and gracefully or not it marches right along.

One of my favorite aspects of photography is it allow me to freeze a moment in time and put it into a 2-dimensional package for me to hang on to. With these papers covered with no-longer-wandering pixels, I can re-create memories and return to past experiences for any reason I chose. The past is the past, but memory can make it feel real again in the present.

I have to be careful, though. For some of my past is not always good to have with me in the present. I file those memories under the category of REGRET. My favorite definition concerning regret is, “to continually go back and visit untoward memories with the hope the past will somehow change.”  I know it can’t be done. I know that others are aware the past won’t ever be different than it was. Yet I can still wander around back there in self-pity and a state of mental destitute for days at a time; but always return with the same history I started with. Those minutes, or days, or weeks are wasted.

Henry David Thoreau made a fine recommendation, “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

I still look back. I end up going that way sometimes. Perhaps another opportunity for positive change?

I can’t keep others from traveling into my past; especially to the memories I created with pain or suffering to them or others. All I can do is ask for forgiveness as payment on my debt and then I can travel in the  present with a focused goal to not add to those debts. If my plea is ignored and those harmed chose to stay with regret in arrears, it is beyond my scope to belay it.

So I will chose to go forward tomorrow if I am allowed once more to be a part of that next 1,440 minutes of constrained eternity. I will look for good memories to pack into my camera and I will deliver them others. Whenever I can, I will be a positive force on the timeshare of life with my fellow travelers.

Photo Tip♦ Most of us are taught to put the sun at our back when we take a picture. Don’t be rigid with that advice. When you stand to take a picture, use the sun to create the effect you are looking for. To you back, your photo will be well lit for details; although people will be squinting for the same reason. The sun to either side; shadows are cast short or long and can add both dimension and contrast effects. Put the sun behind your subject and you get a silhouette as the focus of your shot. Experiment!

One response

  1. Time is a beautiful thing that should be cherished. Each day is a present! Photography is a wonderful way to pause moments in time and allows us to hold and treasure physically. Photos can remind us of good and bad times. I do not believe in regret and do love your definition. Wasted time is looking back with negative attitude. The past is the past and it is what it is. Without that period of time we would never be who we are today. Life is a test and a learning experience everyday. Sometimes we pass and sometimes we fail the tests but either way a driven person will take the good and the bad as a stepping stone in moving toward dreams, goals, and what is perceived as a successful life. The bad will always cause good in some shape or form. Why regret a stepping stone that makes you stronger? Really being thankful seems to have more purpose. FORGIVNESS is one of life’s most beautiful gifts! Everyone has their certain flaws and that makes us individual. Flaws are wonderful too. Life would be pretty boring if we didn’t have flaws and the opportunity to bounce back with forgiveness. True forgiveness is within our hearts. Forgiving ourselves is what matters because it will be shown from the outside through our actions and aura. Aura is one of my favorite words and this is a great definition, ” The distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place. ” We can choose to look at life with a distinguished perception and always look back and smile!

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