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Treasure the real snapshots of life
Publication Date : 28-07-2013
Even on holiday, the images we capture on our digital camera cannot compare with the precious moments that reside in our heart.
I took more than 500 photos in the past two weeks alone. A dear friend had given me a digital camera as an early birthday present and it was the perfect companion for my first family holiday overseas in 20 years.
It was good to return to Sydney, a lovely city that is safe, clean and vibrant. We revisited some places and ventured into new ones. My wife and I took long walks around the suburb where we stayed.
The crisp wintry weather with awesome blue skies was the right tonic to rejuvenate body, mind and soul.
We all need to take a break every now and then. And there is no need to fly great distances to do so.
I have not had my last three passports stamped and taking the flight to Sydney was like a whole new experience to me.
I have always enjoyed our local destinations, more so during the time when I was homemaker and random, spontaneous vacations were the order of the day.
I would wake up and decide to go off somewhere. The boys were at a age when they were more than happy to tag along with the parents.
Sometimes, I would meander off the usual roads and discover many quaint places that the family would enjoy.
But it is harder to take a break these days. In our very well-connected world, the biggest challenge is how to stay disconnected. Work mail and phone calls have no
respect for where you are. And even if we post a holiday message, we instinctively still check our mail from where we are.
I am at fault here also because I am taking time off my holiday to write this column. But it does not feel like work because I am penning my thoughts while relaxing at a cafe at Sydney Harbour, enjoying the view.
My boys are chatting some distance away even as I recall a similar moment 20 years back when I was holding them by the hand in this very same spot.
Nice picture possibility, I thought. But I left the digital camera alone.
In moments like this, our eyes are truly the perfect camera that can zoom into the smallest detail or capture the panoramic vision that the best wide-angle lens cannot do.
Remember the time when you woke up all alone in a hospital, wondering what the future holds, and the door opens to let in a ray of sunlight, and a dear friend comes in with that broad smile that reassures you that all will be well?
Or that time when your child tumbled off his bicycle and came crying to you?
“Or how about when you were so deeply crushed in a relationship and someone decided to send you a bouquet of flowers to say, “I am with you, my friend”?
These are the real picture-perfect snapshots in our life.
Nevertheless, when we go on a real vacation when we are not distracted by the cares of the world, we can add special snapshots into our memory bank.
On holiday, we should not hurry because the journey is always more important than the destinations.
Our time sort of slows down for us to appreciate the awesome wonders of life.
And so I look to the majestic Blue Mountains and am humbled by where my real help comes from.
I look at my wife against that very same backdrop and am so thankful we are together as one.
Snapshots like these are not found in your digital camera. They are there in your heart.