everything that’s worth having












Avenue Traffic 01.02.09


Beach Ride 01.01.09


Foggy Morning 12.31.08


Lilly 12.30.08


New Doggie Nelly 12.29.08


San Francisco 12.28.08


Touchdown 12.27.08



I am not sure I ever thought this would actually happen, call me part pessimistic and part realistic (meaning I know myself pretty well at times).

Yesterday marked my 183 day of this project. That means I have taken one photo each day for the past 6 months. I am proud to say I have not missed a single day.

Sometimes that has meant carrying around a lot of cameras to a lot of places I would not normally be walking around with a camera. But I am holding close to my promise and learning a lot in the process about myself.

When I realized I was approaching this 6 month mark, I began to reflect a little on the past 6 months, where I have been, what I have seen and then I started to think about the things my friends and family have experienced during the past year, things not caught on film but examples that have allowed me to marvel at their strength, their grace, and their faith. Some of those journeys have taken them to the depths of some very low emotions, but all the while they where able to remain true to themselves and were able to overcome them by reliance on an inner strength. They not only lead by the example of staying true to oneself, but they taught those around them what beautiful really means.

To them I dedicate this post and the words of the song below signify the example they have been to me. Like the song says, "Down and out is overrated, And I need to be elevated, Looking up is not enough, no I would rather rise above!"



This road is anything but simple
Twisted like a riddle
I've seen high, I've seen low

So loud, the voices over my doubts
Telling me to give up
To pack up, leave town

Even so I had to believe
Impossible means nothing to me

So can you lift me up?
Turn the ashes into flames
And I have overcome
More than words will ever say

I've been given hope
That there's a light on up the hall
And that a day will come when the fight is won
And I think that day has just begun

Somewhere, every body starts there
I'm counting on a small prayer
Lost in a nightmare

But I'm here, and suddenly it's so clear
The struggle through the long years
It’s hard for me to outrun my fears

But everything that’s worth having
Comes with trials worth withstanding

So can you lift me up?
Turn the ashes into flames
I have overcome
More than words will ever say

And I've been given hope
That there's a light on up the hall
And that a day will come when the fight is won
And I think that day has just begun

Oh lift me up Oh lift me up
Oh lift me up Oh lift me up
Down and out is overrated
And I need to be elevated
Looking up is not enough, no
I would rather rise above, oh,oh,oh

Can you lift me up?
Turn the ashes into flames
and I have overcome
More than words can ever say

I've been given hope
That there's a light on up the hall
And that a day will come when the fight is won
And I think that day has just begun
Oh, just begun

- Kate Voegele “Lift Me Up”


Monique Jervan-Chilton

PS-Can you tell I went to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco? 3rd row seats, I could not resist taking a few shots. Go Bears!

1 comment:

Karen said...

Now that is a good looking dog :)