*Disclaimer: I don’t know where these words came from [I partly blame it on the coffee, and partly blame it on divine inspiration] but hope it resonates with you nonetheless! This is what happens when I think about the amazing story that is inside of you!

Sometimes I feel like I’ve stepped outside myself, and I watch myself from a distance curiously…
I can see a story unfolding…
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I look back and I see a history rich in learnings.
They are all pieces of a puzzle… seemingly insignificant on their own.
But then I put one piece next to another… and I get a glimpse of familiarity.

Something is coming together.

I find another piece that fits… and I’m intrigued by it
But then I then carry on with my daily life.

…and through the mundane day something niggles in the back of my mind…

It’s there again… My Story

I realise that the pieces come together for a purpose…
I know that there is a bigger picture at the end of it

What does the picture look like?
Hell… I don’t know… it’s all a fog right now!

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But what I do know, is that when all the pieces are put together, my picture will be beautiful

After all… Life is beautiful.

In the meantime… I search through life for each new piece of my puzzle…
Desperate to see what the end picture will look like…
excited to join more pieces of my puzzle together…
one by one… a piece finds another piece… and something starts to fit!

At this point in my story, whilst the end is still fuzzy, I have been fortunate enough to see how some of the pieces come together.

Each experience I have had… each interest I choose to pursue… each moment I have endured…

The puzzle is shaping into a picture that is unique to me…

My unique story.

and it’s begging to be told

Each day,  I’m given the privilege of working on how that story plays out

I have a choice.

Each day I have a choice.

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Each time I pick up my camera to capture a moment… I have a choice.

I can capture life through a lens of love… looking only for the good, true, right, noble…
…or I can look at my lens through hate, anger, hurt, pain.

I  chose a lens of Love!

If words are powerful… and an image is worth a thousand words…
…I’m greatly aware of the power (and responsibility) that lies is in my hands…
I have the power to be a custodian of God’s goodness.

So Lord, as I pick up my camera today…
Let me not just take another photograph…

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Let me always look through a lens of Love
Let me find what is Pretty, Beautiful… and Good

Let me be grateful for this place… this time… this moment!

Let me find the good in other’s stories…

Let me show them that their life is equally beautiful
Let me continue to see the tiny details… as well as the bigger picture
Seeing how the two fit together…
…as I capture a glimpse into what is and can be…
Let me inspire people to live their inner amazing story…
When I tell their story for them…
Let me not be a fusion of technical instruments…
…but rather a perfect blend of instruments, experience and your Love…
So that they too… are able to share the amazing story inside of them!
As Marianne Williams said…
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”
*Note: The rest of this amazing poem – can be found here