If your house was on fire and you could grab one thing, what would you choose? Hands down, I’d snag a basket and pile in as many pictures as possible.
Pictures are the gateway to our past. They bubble up cherished memories we’ve long forgotten. There is a reason why my master bedroom has a wall filled with pictures from vacation adventures. If my husband and I are fighting, it’s a reminder that we have more good times than bad. That this thing we are fighting about, usually minuscule, is a blip on our radar, in over a decade of happiness. Those pictures snap me back to reality. A reminder, there are a million more good times than there are bad.
In December 2014, our beloved K-9 Boss received a cancer diagnosis. We were devastated as we wouldn’t have much time left with him.
January had been a rough month for Boss. His prize possession, a tennis ball, would lay in front of him, with no movement. He’d curl up on his pillow all day barely getting up to eat or go out to potty. It was heartbreaking. All his life he’d been a worker. He’d served the Indiana State Police as a K-9 officer and loved his job. To see him mope around with no energy was hard.
Days before he left us, our friend Julianne, with Julianne Smith Photography, offered to do a living family photo session. She'd come to our home, and instead of posed pictures, she walked around the house with us and snap pictures of us with Boss capturing how he lived life in our home.
Joy in Sadness
The day before the photo session we considered canceling because Boss wasn’t up to it. But on January 19, 2015, it was as if God was giving him a final good day. It was just a day, but the old Bossy was back. He was playful, had energy and ran around like a wild man. Julianne snapped tons of great photos. We took funny pictures, like me sitting on the toilet (lid closed) because he’d often come in the bathroom if the door weren’t close. I wanted to remember all those little things that use to drive me nuts, but in his last days, I cherished those moments.
Boss passed away four days later on January 23, 2015. Days, weeks, months and now years after his death, the pictures Julianne took of Boss remains one of the most meaningful gifts I’ve ever received. She used her talents, to bring joy one last time to our dearest Boss, and give us a lifetime of memories.
What’s your talent? As you go through 2017, think about ways you can share and give your skills to others. Something you take for granted may be what someone else needs to navigate through a difficult time. What talent will you share?
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About the Author:
Stephanie Jones and her husband, Mike, live in Northwest, IN and enjoy lake life and travel. Stephanie is the author of The Giving Challenge-40 Days to a More Generous Life (on sale NOW!), a speaker, life success coach, and a daily giver. She challenges people to live their dream, discover their gifts, and do amazing things!
You can contact Stephanie by email at Stephanie@GivingGal.com