Life is so much better

posted on 9th of october, 2007

Well, my time in Iraq is drawing to a close. In less than a month, I will be back in the United States. In some ways I am happy. VERY HAPPY. I mean, I miss my family. I miss my dog.I miss my friends.

© Drx (Help)

The things that I am aprehensive about are the commercialism and the rat race that I don't have to deal with right now. I am not trying to keep up with the Jones'. I am not telling my kids that they can't have that great new toy that is on the commercials during their favorite show on Nick, Jr. I am not wondering how many calories are in that large order of french fries I just ate from McDonald's. I have a simple life. A simple life leads one to think simply. Moving past all of the physical distractions can easily open one up to a spiritual awakening. In my case, having a Christian background, it likens itself to the 40 days and 40 nights that Christ spent in the wilderness. When a person returns from an experience similar to this, it seems that their perspective on life should be odd to those around that person.

I find it pervading my photographic expression. The simple things in life are what intrigue me. I am keeping a notebook of all the 'scenes' I want to shoot and I my mind wanders to things like my daughters in their spring dresses running across freshly cut grass or my son stomping in a mud puddle. I don't think my perspective will ever be the same after being to war twice in two different countries. My perspective will be that of a child and their simplistic views. Their genuine interest in everything in their environment. Always exploring and asking questions.

I don't know what the point of this rambling was. Maybe I hope that the world I come back to won't see me as strange because I don't value having more. I value relationships. I don't value being rich. I value a depth of character that is unwaiverable. I don't value being nice. I value being honest.

Comments (2)

Posted by Photojay on October 11, 2007
Thanks, Bob! Thanks everyone for your prayers and thoughts and general support.
Posted by Girlychic on October 09, 2007
Bless you, meekness is of great value, walk in it.

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Photo credits: Drx, Jason Schulz, Photowitch, Darla Hallmark.

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