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Here's something that most of us take for granted every single day...

I was recently having a conversation with another photographer, and during the back and forth, the subject of how beat up we feel after a session came up.

Back pain, knee cracking, neck soreness, arm fatigue  - you know, like a couple grandpas shooting the shit and comparing war wounds.

At one point during the exchange, I mentioned that as long as my hands and eyes are intact, I will still be in business.

That one drew a laugh from the both of us - but, it also brought up a very genuine point of gratitude, as well.

What if I suddenly lost my sight or had to amputate a hand?

Yes, my life would be full of new challenges and obstacles that I take for granted right now, but, I would find the strength and resolve to adapt and overcome.

I’ve worked with a wide variety of disabled folks and that’s the first thing that pops out to me when I talk to them about their adjusted living habits - they accept their reality as it is and continue to live their lives.

But I would never be able to take a single picture again.

This idea scares me to death, even as I ponder it hypothetically.

I live and breathe what I do behind a camera because not only is photography my business, it’s my art, my hobby - my passion.

It’s how I make sense of the world and how I serve others.

Without it, I honestly have no clue what I would do, and hope that I never find myself in a position to have to answer it.

This is why I am eternally grateful for the good fortune of having my health.  

Yes, it is stressful to run a successful business, but, without health, all of that stuff doesn’t mean shit, so, I am thankful that I am in a position to meet these particular challenges head on.

Very grateful.

It’s funny how a bitch, moan and groan conversation can swiftly transform into a deeply reflective look into what really matters most.

So, when it comes to your business, what are you grateful for?  Do you find yourself reflecting on this gratefulness often?  

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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