Today’s Reverb 10 prompt:

Action: When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky)

This one was another tough one for me and I’ve thought a lot about it through the day.  I think of myself as a person of action.  I define a problem or a task, I identify a solution and I implement.  This action orientation is what’s gotten me to where I am today, which is fine, but as has already been identified, I am not happy with where I am today.  And by God I wish that there was a plan to be made to fix it, to make my dreams come true.  But there isn’t.  I hear that I need to wait, and that I need to trust and that I need not – should not even – DO anything.  This, frankly sucks.  Patience has never been my strong suit.  I don’t wait well.  I never have waited well.

So in the absence of doing anything I will occupy myself with “busy work”.  I will keep my mind and my will the hell out of my way in order to make space for what is to come next.  I will take a vacation, which will allow me to cross an item off my Manifiesty Life List.  I will keep writing this blog.  I will keep taking photos.  I will continue to be grateful for what I have.  I will carry on this work I’ve started to open myself up to fully and joyfully accept what’s to come.  I will continue to decide every day to give it up.  I will not act but will instead take deliberate steps of inaction.


About Debra Cowie

Debra is a photographer and visual storyteller based in Ottawa, Canada. She is an explorer at heart, whose passion for photography was born in travel and has been carried with her to more than 30 countries so far. Debra is also an avid cook and baker and much of her current work focuses on food styling and photography in her serendipitously beautifully lit kitchen. She has flirted with Polaroid and 35mm film photography but her true love is her DSLR (aka "Boyfriend Mark").
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