KEEP THEM WITH YOU

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Here is a fun secret to happiness I enjoy and you might too. In this age of cell phones and digital pictures the photograph may be a long lost treasure. Why carry around a 50 picture photo album that weighs 5 pounds, when your cell phone that weighs only a few ounces can hold several thousand pictures? Here is why – joy. One great thing about the digital age is that you can take a picture with your cell phone, send it to your favorite store and pick up a hard copy in mere minutes. Why would we want to do this? Let us take a look.

A cell phone may be a good place to have lots of pictures ready to show someone on a glamorous 4 inch screen, but other than that not much can be done with those pictures. They say a picture can be worth a thousand words, and as an author I can tell you that is a conservative estimate. Can you look at a single vacation picture and recall all the great memories you had on that trip? When someone asks you about that vacation you could probable talk for hours about it. Is there someone you miss in life? Maybe they have moved away or even passed on? Looking at a picture of them may give you many fond things to reflect upon. Maybe, as in the case above, it is just someone you love and who brings you joy. I use this, one of my favorite pictures of my beautiful Margie, as a bookmark. When I open the book to read, she is either otherwise occupied or perhaps far from where I am. That way I pause and think of how much I love her and how lucky I am. On a rough day, or even on a good day these little joyful reminders can give us a little boost. This also works great with pictures of goals we may be aspiring to, and reminders of the people we are striving to become. It doesn’t only have to be photographs, they also put pictures on mouse pads, coffee mugs and a million different things.

Pick your favorite pictures today and find creative ways you can use them to give yourself a boost. Feel free to share what pictures you use and how you use them in the comments below. I can’t wait to read them!

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