I use this time at the beginning of my day to pray and think; or not. I give my thoughts free rein and am always rewarded. Not that I don't have bad thoughts, but having just gotten up from morning worship time, my head is usually in a good place.
I always carry a pen and paper to jot down my thoughts. If I don't, they are lost by the time I get home. The following is an unedited version of what I wrote this morning: E-mail Sharon, check Visa bill, learn how to scan photo onto desktop, add Morning in May photo to today's blog post, post photo of our house to blog, add calcium to Fitday site, look at my fat intake for yesterday on same site, and repot ivy. And I prayed for all our children. I only walk for a mile. By the time I get back home, my paper is filled with stream of consciousness writing.
A book I recommend is Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way. She talks about taking walks and how the cadence of our steps unleash a torrent of thought. I've found that to be true. Our brains respond to the constant rhythm of our steps.
I took the above photo with a point & shoot camera; nothing fancy. All the photos posted so far were taken with that same camera. I still have it and love it. I got a Canon SLR film camera to supplement the point & shoot, because it's more flexible. It doesn't take better pictures though. I like it because I can change lenses. I needed a telephoto lens to get close up. I sometimes like to take street photos of people but don't want to get in their face. With my telephoto, I can stand far away and they'll never know I'm there. The downside is that if I ever want to enter it in a contest or show, I have to have written permission from the person in the photograph.
Excuse me, my phone is ringing...it was Laurel telling me that a mutual friend of ours had some suggestions for my blog. Ain't that the way it goes? One day after my first post and I'm already being criticized! Just kidding, Amanda! Thanks for the ideas; especially the one about my header. I HATE typos. I'll fix that asap.