That Monday Feeling

We all have days when we are faced with chores, errands, or responsibilities that we don’t want to do. At times like these, it’s easy to get into a bad mood and stay in one as we tackle these tasks. However, given the fact that our bad mood will not change the fact that we have to do these things, and will most likely make things worse, we could also try to shift our attitude. Many wise people have pointed out that it is not so much what we do as it is how we do it that makes the difference in our lives. It’s important when we’re facing something that’s really hard for us, whether it’s doing taxes, paying bills, or visiting a challenging relative, that we lovingly support ourselves through the process. The more supported we feel, the easier it is to open our minds to the idea that we could change our way of looking at the situation. In truth, most of the chores we don’t like doing are intimately intertwined with our blessings. When we remember this, we feel gratitude, which makes it hard to stay in a dark mood. We can shift our attitude by considering how much we love our home as we clean it and how lucky we are to have a roof over our head. Any task can be transformed from a burden to a necessary aspect of caring for something we love. All we have to do is shift our perspective, and our attitude follows shortly behind.

This wonderful window scene was shot at The Prager Winery in Napa, California. Prager is a purveyor of some very fine Ports and the atmosphere in the testing room is just jubilant. This window has not been dusted for many years if not decades and has grown home to many a critter. The owner, Peter, mentioned that he considered this shot to be one of the best he has ever seen – this is a high compliment coming from someone who sees this every day! We were flattered beyond measure! We used a Manfrotto Tripod to stabilize the Nikon D90 (ISO200, f3.5, 1/8s) as the room was very dark and we did not want to ruin the subtle natural light coming from the cobwebby windows. Someone recently mentioned that this reminded them of an old officer’s quarters in a Pirate vessel….what do you think?


11 responses

  1. ebizjoey

    Good words for coping with the heat wave.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

  2. One week before Lufthansa bring me to Stockholm, gehstart!!!

    I hope that I’ll find some beautiful scandinavian summer nights…

    Schöne bild! (Beautiful photo)

    July 9, 2012 at 11:01 am

  3. Love, love, love this shot! Great details and grit all conveyed in the rich textures here!

    July 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

  4. I totally expect to see Jack Sparrow appear in the frame any moment :). Great image and a good read!

    July 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  5. Beautiful picture! It did make me think of a pirate vessel too.
    Do you know the reason why this window hasn’t been dusted in years?

    July 10, 2012 at 8:18 am

    • Hi carine – it wasnt dusted just because the effect of the cobwebs was so awesome as they grew over the years

      July 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

      • Thanks 🙂 I was thinking about that possibility but was just curious for the confirmation!

        July 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

  6. Awesome shot, processing really works well here

    July 13, 2012 at 6:59 am

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