don’t forget to be grateful

Saying we are grateful once in a while is not enough! Neither is reflecting on life at a funeral or a big life event. I mean, there is nothing wrong with being grateful at those moments but in order to have a happy life we need to be grateful daily. I’ve started a new...

validation

Writing is a recent purist but photography has been a passion of mine my entire life, but specifically over the last fifteen years. It started with a friend giving me his camera because he couldn’t use it any more. That led me to take pictures of insects, flowers and...

what’s in a name

It seems I need a new name for my photography identity in order to reimagine the possibilities and take on a new direction. I think this is a good thing, particularly since I am using Grzegorz Kieszkowski as my author name. I really like it. I used to shy away from it...

the blessing risk brings

In my weekend Quotables, what looks to be volume number seven, I wrote about risk and the importance of taking risks. I guess risk is on my mind because I have taken a leap last week by hiring a photography coach. My risk is financial, one that if I fail, I’ll shake...

positivity

The more I venture down this rabbit hole of success, the more I see and hear when people are negative and positive. I think the hardest part is hearing it in our own speech because it is very difficult to both talk and listen and sometimes you have let others do the...

front seat

It looks like my love of photography is going to take the front seat in my life over the next two months. That doesn’t mean that I will stop writing. That can never happen. It just means that I am going to focus my time and energy in growing my photography dreams and...

incantations

I have been asked by my business coach to work on myself for fifteen minutes each day. I’ll be honest with you that it feels a little weird, but not as weird as it did two years ago when I had my awakening, but I am sure it will become second nature to me the more I...

soul searching weekend

This has been a soul searching weekend fall of twists and turns. There is a Boudoir photographer from the States that I have greatly admired for years because there is something uniquely beautiful about her style. There is something that tells a story in each one of...

done is better than good

Seth Godin calls this the dip.  That long drawn out period of time when you are neither at the beginning or the finish line. You are smack in the middle of what you are trying to do and everything seems to blend into everything else and there is no end in sight. I...

deadwood

Warning: naughty words ahead The conclusion of the HBO show Deadwood returns to television on Friday, May 31st and I for one am super excited about it. My wife might be less so. The show ended without concluding back in 2006 after three great seasons and to prepare...

people of stories

I love a good story and I even spin some sometimes. I spin my words into storied spiderweb in order to share something that I see and catch the imagination of other people. I don’t mean fiction although I am determined, with some luck and time, to spin some of those...

always something

There is always something, something new, something different that changes everything and we are honest with ourselves, we hate it. We hate it because we want things to be the same. I know I do. Maybe I don’t want things to be the same. That might get pretty boring,...

out of the way

The moon was back this morning. Covered by clouds with pieces of it peaking through once in a while in some kind of defiance, but I don’t want to revisit the subject again, so I will let it rest and remain behind the clouds. I was thinking this morning why I have...

highway moon

As I drove into work this morning I had a chance to gaze at beautiful moon. It was as large and hovered just above the highway horizon. It’s colour was a beautiful warm orange, not the common white I have seen in so many photographs. The moon was truly a sight to...

climate change

There are many discussions about climate change today and rightly so because many people are worried about the health and stability of our beautiful planet. The conversation is important but if our efforts are to have any lasting impact we must first focus on the...

rain and silence

We’ve had a lot of rain in the last few days and it looks like it will rain for another day or so, but if I am to be honest I haven’t really noticed it. I’m not really sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing. It could be bad because it means I am not grounded enough...

three passions

I am going to make a greater effort to make these more personal. I have written from the heart here over the last three years but a very much philosophically. I explored the ideas that I was being exposed through and offering practical advice to myself as much as...

not like the movies

Perhaps we watch too much television, and now of course Netflix and Youtube. Perhaps we are consuming content at a terrible pace. I’m not here to take away anyones fun but I do want to sour it a little. What do we gain by watching? We may garner a smile. Forget our...

love of a child

Yesterday my daughter walked up to me while I was having my afternoon cup of coffee and told me that I looked sad. The next thing I know is that she had her hands wrapped around me in a beautiful childhood embrace. I’m not sure why or what made her do that but I might...

joyous life

Life has to be fun. It has to be at the centre of everything we do or else it’s not much of a life but hell or worse a widget making factory. We deserve a joyous life, a fun life and that doesn’t mean laughing all the time. It doesn’t mean smiling all the time. That’s...

gatherings

I am beginning to appreciate events and customs I thought were a bother and a burden in the past. Like birthday parties, weddings, funerals, and even the long cold season of Christmas sometime. I didn’t exactly hate them, but I didn’t really love them either. Life...

meaningful words

We dismiss words too easy and don’t take care how we use them. We believe that a picture is worth a thousand words and that seeing is believing but yet we have over nine million books available on amazon. A little inconsistent I think. We also believe that actions are...

twelve

Twelve years have gone since my mother died and it will be coming up on ten for my dad. It’s really strange to comprehend that they are out of my life. As a child I ran to them over and over again and as I grew up, although less frequently, I never stopped running. We...

hide the body

I’m not sure why but I am experiencing strange recurring dreams. One more so than the other. I usually don’t dream at all so I find this fascinating. I also figure that writing it down can’t help. Maybe a brighter mind can sift through the things that goes on inside...

sacrifice

I think we are all called to greatness. All of us, without exception, and that especially includes you. I think this is why we are here although some of us get lost along the way. We forget and ignore what we can be and instead focus our efforts reminding ourselves ...

bird calls

I learned something in the early hours and the darkness today as I waited for my favourite coffee shop to open. I learned that I don’t hear the birds sing because I am always in a rush to get to the next thing. A rush might be overstating it as a lot of my life is...

quiet

I never craved quiet when I was young. Now, I can’t get enough of it.  It takes me an hour to drive in to work every morning, and that time was filled with listening to sports analysis, which typically did nothing more than make me angry about things I had no business...

a new path

Today a new journey begins. A journey of fewer words but of new dreams. I originally called this daily work of my ‘ten minas’ after the parable of the ‘ten talents; in the bible. My goal was simple. I set out to prove that I am a indeed a writer by writing. After over...