I had the glorious opportunity to participate in a photography workshop at the Bosque del Apache here in New Mexico. I was really excited to experience thousands and thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese taking off in the early morning light.
I’ve been here before and been awed by the cacophony of so many wings beating and birds calling out as they rise to greet the day. The sunrise begins as the skies fill with the silhouettes of so many birds streaking across the multi shades of red, orange, yellow, pink and blue of the sun’s appearance.
It is a most joyous and awe-inspiring event.
My intention was to capture the birds in flight – to get that perfect photo, one that captured all of the wonder of this happening. This would be my prize!
But the reality is that capturing birds in flight is the most difficult of photographic feats. Unsurprisingly I quickly became frustrated with my skill and my equipment. Time was slipping away and I hadn’t gotten my memorable shot!
In the past I would have beaten up on myself for much longer than the 5 minutes I spent that morning.
I realized that I really was there to enjoy the magnificence of the birds in their seasonal visit to the Refuge – the big picture. And if I got a good shot, so much the better. My frustration had been blocking my joy. And I’m not going to put up with that any more.
Now it’s your turn:
Why do you put so much pressure on yourself? Where are you letting the little things get in the way of your joy? How can you make a different choice in the future?