Darrah Parker » Slice of Life Photography


I’ve been thinking a lot about the nasty “P” word (patience) lately and trying reeeeeally hard to actually do it. I’ve heard that patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait and blahblahblah. That’s all well and good, but I gotta be honest. Right now I just want to fast forward to the next phase. I’m at point B, but I desperately want to be at point C. I’d even settle for point B and a 1/2!

Lately, I’ve been a bit down on myself, feeling like things are moving like molasses. I’ve started having weekly “what the heck am I doing?” conversations with my husband (which are super-fun, let me tell you) and are often followed by “you’re the best husband ever” conversations. Seriously, he should win an award. The conversations usually end with deep breaths and a reassurance that I’m on the right path. I just have to keep moving forward, be patient, and it will all work out.

But I’ve been feeling a little icky about this “patience” thing. Maybe even a little resentful. When people ask how the new photography business is going, I find myself telling them that things are moving slowly and I’m “trying to be patient.” But that feels so passive to me. It almost feels like an apology. I associate patience with waiting. And waiting feels so passive. And then I discovered this quote by Auguste Rodin:

Patience is also a form of action.

And something in me snapped. Why does patience have to be passive? Why does it have to be associated with waiting for the good thing to happen? Or not moving fast enough? Why does it have to be associated with struggle and wishing things would change already?

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Life is all about choices. And those choices can be framed positively or negatively. So as I put one foot in front of the other and move forward, I will continue being patient. I admit it’s a required ingredient when building something new. But instead of patience being a reaction, it will be an action. It will be a purposeful, positive choice. Take THAT, patience!


The ache for home lives in all of us,
the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

~ Maya Angelou

slice of life tuesday :: abundance


Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.

~ Wayne Dyer

Lately, I’ve been photographing collections of things and have been aware of the abundance all around me. It’s easy to live from a place of “lack,” always wishing I had more: more money, more clothes, more food, more…you get the picture. But when I look around – I mean REALLY look – I am aware of the abundance and beauty that exists in my life.

This week, as you carry your camera with you, notice the abundance in your world. Perhaps you have a collection of figurines on your windowsill. Or maybe you pass a gaggle of children on your way to work every day. (I just wanted an excuse to write “gaggle.” It’s one of my favorite words.) Or if you are anything like me, you have an abundance of shoes! Use your camera (or iPhone in the case of the photos I shared today) to celebrate and document the ABUNDANCE in your life!

If you would like to participate, you can join the Slice of Life Flickr group or post your photos on your blog. Have a great week!