Be the Present

Be the Present

There is a beautiful scene in the movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” that comes to mind this Holiday season with its deeply meaningful message. The scene is a profound reminder that in order to truly experience the beauty and richness of the moments of our life, we need to be fully present in them. And, in this presence, there is an even deeper beauty and joy to be found. We find the gifts of peace, truth and spirit—God—in these moments. In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the lead character, Walter Mitty (played by Ben Stiller), works as a photo curator at Life Magazine and is the sole contact with the magazine’s famed photographer, Sean O’Connell (played by Sean Penn). (Spoiler Alert!) We learn early in the...
Living in the White Space

Living in the White Space

I’ve been thinking a lot about “white space” lately. Specifically, how to create more of it in my life and the many benefits of “living life in the white space.” Having grown up in a family of artists and graphic designers, I often heard reference to the term, “white space,” in discussions about creating “good design.” Simply put, in the context of art and design, “white space” is blank, empty space, devoid of any design elements (images and text). White space provides a place for the eyes to rest, which our human eyes like. Often referred to as “negative space,” it is considered an important element of design. The proper use of white space brings our eyes and attention to the “positive space” — that of the images and...
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