Get Out of Hell Free

The day starts well enough. You’re energized. You’re ready. You get up. You go. You make your way to the hotel, where even outside the room, you hear the hustle and bustle that is the bridal preparation. You take a breath, you knock on the door, and there it is. The darkest, most cluttered room history ever knew. You force a smile. You give the bride a hug. And you assess. The windows are small, the lights are a bizarre, exceedingly warm variety beamed directly down from sunken holes overhead, and every wall is busy in the most distracting and unfortunate way possible.

The penetrating darkness leaves you with little more than the rhythmic zhshh-zhshhh-zshhhhhh of your lens hunting for … Read more...

Forget destination. Love the journey.

One of the great ironies of life is that we place destination over journey. We think about the money, the reward, or the recognition. We justify in terms of worth, cost, and sacrifice. It’s all about the ends and not the means. And, yet, it’s in the journey we find experience. That’s where we learn and grow. In the journey, there are no errors. There are no mistakes. There is only trying. Destination, on the other hand, is evidence of our existence. Something to let us know where we’ve been. It’s great on paper, it’s great as a shorthand, but what really matters is how we got there.

At its best, destination provides the motivation to create journey. It gets … Read more...