Looking Backward With Photo Memories

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Last night I was going through old photos.  While I have my client images well organized and backed up appropriately, my personal photos have been stored haphazardly on CDs, DVDs, and old external hard drives.  My goal?  To make sure my photo memories didn’t get lost forever.  If there’s interest, I’ll go over some ways to store photos in another article — send me an email or comment on this post.

Anyways, it was really interesting for me to note my experience taking a walk down memory lane.

Every photo was steeped with emotions, feelings, and memories.

When I looked through a series of images from a family vacation, I could recall additional events that occurred that same day.

It was amazing.

And poignant.

"To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward." ~ Margaret Fairless Barber ~ {Shared at BPhotoArt.com}
“To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.” ~ Margaret Fairless Barber ~

Some of my favorite photos now, are ones that wouldn’t have been all that important in the moment.  Photos of loved ones who’ve passed, photos of pets who aren’t with us anymore.  Even photos of the exterior of my childhood home.

Looking through all those photos made me nostalgic, sure.

But it also made me feel grateful.

Grateful for my childhood. Grateful for so many memories. And grateful for the photos to share with my kids.

Going through those photos was a chance for me to get out of the mindset where I can’t see the forest for the trees.  In the daily grind, sometimes you just forget to look at the big picture.  But those details, while they matter, have to be aligned with your master plan to be effective.

So, this year, as you look forward — consider looking backwards first. You may find, as I did, that it helps clarify things for you.  You become more aware of your blessings, or rediscover forgotten goals.

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