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I have such an awesome opportunity to photograph so many people (building relationships along the way).  Different races, creed, backgrounds, socioeconomic status, etc.  But there is one thing that I see often regardless of the aforementioned factors.  When I look into the eyes of many I see heaviness.

I feel that so many of us are bogged down with way too much weight and pressure which can easily consume us if we are not careful.  We worry about things we can’t change.  We ponder “what if’s” that are impossible to do over.  We hold grudges so long that we forget why we were mad in the first place.   And for what?   That weight holds us down,  causes anger and frustration and can eventually create health issues.

We all know the saying, “Life is too short” and many of us use it from time to time. However we don’t follow through and make the changes necessary to eliminate the weight and enjoy our time here.  Well, there is no time like the present to make a change.  Let go and LIVE!  In the words of the infamous Whitley Gilbert (Different World for those who don’t know) it’s time to “relax, relate, RELEASE”.  Yes, let go of dead weight (which may include people, IJS), forgive and move on.  Do whatever it takes, but make this the last day that you are held captive by the weight and pressures of the past.  You can only go so high carrying stuff that you weren’t made to carry.  So let go!

Make a conscious choice to smile more, laugh more often (even at yourself), forgive daily and love hard.  Crazy part is, it’s just that easy.  The late Steven Covey explained it best in his monumental book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” (paraphrased) you may not choose what happens to you, but you can choose how you respond. Make the choice to live and be different, don’t let anyone else dictate your happiness.

This week, think of one or two things that you know have weighed you down.  Get an accountability partner and commit to releasing the mess.  Be deliberate in your approach, writing whatever it is down and choose to let it go (and don’t dare to go back and try to pick it up again).

Be blessed!   I know this is going to be the best week EVER!