A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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It’s true what they say – a picture’s worth a thousand words. It freezes a moment in time. It transforms a memory into a tangible object that can be shared with others. It serves as a reminder of the past. It provides a point of reference to show how people have changed. However, there is something far greater than a picture, and that’s living in the moment.

The more time we spend attempting to capture the perfect photo, the more time we take away from absorbing qualities of life that can’t be captured through a lens. While at the beach this past week, I watched Evan and Ella wade into the waves. Ella had the time of her life, and both her and Evan were wearing the biggest smiles. Ella’s laugh filled the beach as the sun glistened on her face. While a picture could have captured their smile, it wouldn’t have captured the overwhelming feeling of their love, the comforting smell of the ocean salt, or how the storms parted a few hours beforehand to present a perfect, sunny day.

Before we came to the beach, I had an extensive list of all of the staged photos we would take, but once we arrived, I put the camera away and enjoyed life. I captured every moment, this time as a memory rather than on a memory card. I soaked in every moment in both my mind and in my heart. I do not have a thousand new photos to upload, but I have a plethora of new memories that I can share with others.

Our grandparents tell great stories without photos to remind them. We then have the opportunity to take those stories and envision what they saw and how they felt. It leaves room for imagination and questions. We live in a society so focused on capturing every memory that we are letting too many pass by. Let’s live more in the moment instead of in the picture.

A picture might be worth a thousand words but the memories made are priceless.

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13 comments

  1. Jamie says:

    I love this post!! It’s so true! I sometimes wish we could go back to the days before the internet. It holds so many people hostage. What a great reminder to just put the devices down and enjoy the little things.

  2. Chelsea says:

    I really like this post! I tell myself all of the time when I’m on vacation to just enjoy my vacation. It’s cool to take photos in all to reminisce, but it’s even better to enjoy the moment and let your mind be at ease.

  3. Breharne says:

    I love this post. I am forever being told to “quick, get the camera”. I rarely do, I love being in the moment with my girls and sharing how happy they are rather than fumbling through my monster baby bag so I can get my phone to catch a snap.

  4. Dee says:

    Ah, this is so true! I struggle though, because as soon as I’m having a good time I want to capture it forever! But you’re right, sometimes it should just be about living in the moment!

  5. Kirsten Rosetti says:

    This is such a lovely post! People often ask me (in a quite reproving tone) why I didn’t take any pictures of an event – as if I’ve done something wrong and now nobody will be able to remember the experience without photos. The truth is, I do sometimes enjoy taking photos, but my best memories have no photos to go with them. It’s so wonderful to just live in the moment and savor the experience. Thanks for reminding me that it’s OK to keep my phone in my bag. 🙂

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