Change | Leavenworth WA wedding photographers

As I was listening to election coverage last night, I couldn’t help but think that most everyone, no matter what their political bent, is hoping for something different after the election. It seems that what many people are looking for is an era where their leaders effect change; an era in which leaders come together to create a world where our children will grow up in peace and prosperity; an era where we all work together to make not only our lives, but the lives of our neighbors, better.

We all hope for this. And, no matter which outcome you were hoping for last night, I imagine, you were most looking forward to the moment when the politicking would be over, when our leaders would say, “Enough! Now, it is time to get to work.”

This led me to think about my own role in this election. I voted. But, really, that’s all I did. Of course, this is an important civic duty, but in all honesty, it’s kind of like being a Christian, but only on Sunday. I don’t mean I’m going to go out and run for office any time soon, but what I mean is, it made me think about how little I really do, civically. It also made me think about my business’s mission statement (strange, I know, but I can’t help but think of business–constantly!) My mission statement is really my “why”, my reason for being a wedding photographer. Here’s what I wrote about that earlier this year:

“I photograph the way that I love: emotionally, honestly, deeply, intuitively. And I photograph people the way I do because I can see in them what others have seen in me: they deserve love. They deserve to be valued. They are beautiful. They deserve everything they can imagine their lives to be! I absolutely see this in people as I photograph them and I want that reflected to them in the photographs I take–like a mirror reflecting the most perfect image they can possibly imagine of themselves. This is what I strive to create each and every time I press the shutter…each and every time I shake a hand…each and every time I look into someone’s eyes…I strive to remind them they deserve love and they are loved.”

Now, you might wonder what on earth this has to do with the election?! The thing is, I believe that by conducting myself this way, I am attempting to live my life to help others. I know I have a lot of work to do to get there and there’s so much more I could do, but looking to inspire others and lift them up, is truly my aim. And, this morning, as we look down the road with our elected leaders, I hope they will do the same, but more, I hope we, the people, do this for one another. It feels like, no matter what, we can not stand by watching the world take its course, shrugging out shoulders, wondering why its all gone so wrong.

Going forward, Mahatma Gandhi’s word ring loud in my ears:

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”



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