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Meaningful Photography (Exercise 3 of 5)

Exercise #3 of 5

This is a fun exercise that helps you explore meaning and values in your life.

  • Over the next week, take pictures with your cell phone of things that make your life meaningful. These can be of people, places, things – whatever. If those things are far away you can take pictures of screen shots, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other source where you find images. Try to take at least 10 or 12 pictures.

  • At the end of the week take the time to look at and reflect on each picture. For each photo reflect and write down the answer to this question, “What does this photo represent and why is it meaningful?”

  • If you took a lot of pictures, say 20 just of your cat, you might lump those together and consider that a single theme and ask the question about that theme.

  • If you didn’t hardly take any pictures think about the ones you did and ask the question.

That is it. I do encourage you to schedule the time to review and reflect. It is too easy to get busy with the daily activities of life and neglect this important time for reflection and learning. If you started this on a Monday and you find on Wednesday you did not take any pictures, you might write down a prompt each morning to remind you and a prompt each evening to be accountable.

Have some fun on this path, think, and enjoy the vital benefits of understanding and making your own values explicit. If you have not read the first blog post titled, "Values - Nicety or Necessity?" I encourage you to read through that first. It provides important context and answers the critical questions of what values are and why they matter so much.


David R. Edwards is the author of the new bestseller, "New You! Who Knew?". You can find out more on his web site.

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