The parking lot was like this when I got there an hour before sunrise. The tripod positions were all taken two-deep, so I crawled between legs to get my images. Ah, the trials of a landscape photographer!
Life is lived from the heart in conjunction with our circumstances. That is the fundamental contrary that stays with us throughout our time on the earth. We take our heart in one hand and our circumstances in the other, and make it work. Neglecting either prevents it from working. How can we live with our heart in what we are doing in these circumstances? That is the question that has been asked by all people from the beginning. Those who discovered the trick made the best of it all along the way. What's the trick? Find what you love and love it no matter what. Take what you love more seriously than you take your circumstances. Don't let anything knock you off what you love to do, who you love to be. Do what you love. Be who you are. In every situation as it arises. No matter what. Being dedicated to that task makes all the difference. That way, your circumstances become the Cyclops and you become Ulysses. Joseph Campbell said, "It took the Cyclops to bring out the hero in Ulysses. Step into your circumstances and be the hero. Be you. Loving what you love. Doing what you do. Every day. Always and forever.