No more stuff! I must not be alone in this mantra, as we emerge from the holiday madness and our mailboxes, physical and digital, start filling up with Valentine's Day announcements: Sales! Gift ideas! Don't forget gifts for your pets! Buy one, get one! More, more, more.
It has never been so clear to me that my family is at odds with our lifestyle. We truly do have an abundance, but we are not living abundantly, not even close. And it feels like we are moving farther and farther away from gratitude. We are well past taking the advice to do more with less. Now, it is time to have less - and to do less - in order to appreciate more.
Looking around at all of this stuff, I realize that what I really want is three minutes. I want three minutes of peace and calm. Three minutes to give myself permission to do nothing but enjoy my daughter, to awaken gratitude, to replace the stress of excess with an awareness of abundance and a real appreciation for it.
I don't want tokens scattered across every empty surface to gather dust. I don't want more photo albums I have to file. I want three minutes that I can call up whenever I need to remind myself that underneath all of this mess, there is a beautiful, vibrant life and that there is a way to slow it down, to steady it, to bask in it.
This is why I love working with Portraits that Move, because the filmmakers on this team use their professional experience and their artistry to hand deliver much needed moments to parents like me.
Elizabeth Eames, February 2018