Life is so much better

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

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.

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

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October 11, 2007


Thanks, Bob! Thanks everyone for your prayers and thoughts and general support.

October 11, 2007


Jay, no one can go through the experiences you went through once, let alone twice without being changed. You've found out what is truly valuable in this world. That's something few can relate to. Keep your head down and your powder dry, short timer, you'll be back in the world soon. Bob

October 09, 2007


Bless you, meekness is of great value, walk in it.

October 09, 2007


amen and amen jay....can't wait to see the results.

October 09, 2007


I could write quite a bit here in response to what you just said. But, I won't because I don't want the message of what you wrote to be watered down by my ramblings. Just let me say, God bless you richly in all you do. Our country, our world, is better because of patriots (human beings) like you. Your focus is absolutely where it should be.

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