I honor the greatness in you

‘Tashi deley’  In Tibetan it means I honor the greatness in you, a way of greeting someone.  During the winter months when it’s slow I read a lot…a lot.  I read during commercials when I’m watching Modern Family.  I read in the line at Starbucks, thank you Kindle Fire.  I read while I’m eating breakfast.  After the busy season I think I just need to recharge my batteries and catch up on reading.  The Other 90% by Robert K. Cooper is my current can’t take my hands off book.  I’ve read it before, but since returning from Nepal it has all sorts of new meaning.  It’s one of those books you read every year, just to refresh and recharge.

Robert talks about a trip to Tibet and how the Tibetan people view life, it’s challenges and the people around them. The Tibetan way of life isn’t far off from what I experienced in Nepal.  Just an overwhelming sense of happiness. You hope for better, but life is good and as it should be right here and now.

Tashi Deley. Just to stop and let those words soak in, I honor the greatness in you.  Everyone has greatness.  And to slow down life just a little and recognize that, is a beautiful thing. Finding my why, why I do what I do.  Why am I a photographer.  Has been a challenge and incredibility empowering journey.  And it’s not over yet.  I know that I want to use my photography and change lives.  How I’m not 100% sure yet, but it’s going to start with the Ronald McDonald house.  Photographing families that are in a situation we hope we’ll never have to face.  Enduring things that can break a person down, but if you let it, build you back up to be an even stronger person.

I can’t wait to share the first family with you all!

xoxo – Rachael

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