Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least

Like millions of other people today, you will have noticed being a bit more stressed when going about your daily activities, such as commuting, the challenges of the home or workplace. How often have you had your day planned to perfection when, out of the blue, you are inundated with some urgent and important request that requires immediate attention. It is like when you are on the beach and are unexpectedly hit by a rogue wave – suddenly you are knocked down and struggling for breath!

Priorities are like big rocks. If you fill your bucket full of pebbles (small demands) and you have a major crisis (children, financial, health, creative opportunity etc), these major events are big rocks. You no longer have room in your bucket for the things that matter the most in your life. Always think of the big rocks first with a resounding “yes”. You can always say “no” to things, which to others, may seem urgent but not important. Whatever the circumstances, it is living and being driven by the principles you value most, not by urgent agendas and forces surrounding you.

This image is from the South Island of New Zealand, shot in July (Winter), just a bit south from Westport. In the Winter, the beaches are wonderfully vacant of tourists, with the exception of the rogue Photographers, as most have headed further south and up into the mountains to experience the fantastic downhill skiing. To get capture the entire dynamic range of the light during this early morning, three shots were taken using varying exposure values and then combined with a software program called Photomatix. New Zealand is a treasure to visit and a diamond in the raw for Photographers!

10 responses

  1. Beautiful post (and gorgeous picture :))

    May 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

  2. My bucket just keeps getting bigger. 🙂 Wonderful image.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

  3. Beautiful image Erik. Love the B&W conversion.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:47 am

  4. Freeda Koopmans

    Someties I can handle the big rocks better than those small pesky pebbles that keep croping up. One of these days I hope to visit New Zealand and see some of the wonderful places you have photographed. I think this was on by “bucket list”.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

  5. Great image Erik, love the perspective and the tones in the rocks the use of B&W has brought out.
    I recently had a situation where the big rocks (imminent lack of job) was about to obliterate the bucket. I weighed the options and decided that loosing the job was actually a better option than keeping it, so instead of stressing about what was going to happen I put my energy into finding something better. I started my new job 1 day after leaving the old one, with a better salary and less stress. Sometimes the rocks look after themselves.

    May 26, 2012 at 12:34 am

    • Hi, I have been in many similar situations over the years as an Engineer, sometimes remaining, sometimes jumping ship. It all seems to work out somehow….most important lesson was not to freak out over the imagined “size of the next rock”

      May 26, 2012 at 6:27 am

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