Having had a wonderful time with Wendy in Tour de Faure during '96, I jumped at an invitation to visit during the fall of '97 to keep her company. Imagine my surprise when I no sooner got off the train in Cahors and she says: Can you come live in our house for a year?
I immediately thought of all the reasons why it wasn't possible and tried to set aside the idea of a whole year in the Lot Valley.
Circumstances on this trip threw me on my own once more. I found myself enjoying my photography more, and yes...pondering the possibilities of staying at Wendy's.
I'm sure by now, you've noticed the theme:
I need to be forced to be plugged in and present in the moment.
Unexpectedly on my own for most of my visit; I read, wandered and took lots of photos. This is where my photography really began to take off.
This favorite photo got the ball rolling and pretty soon I was having small shows and selling shots to friends.
I was very much still on that train. I'd gotten a little better. I'd at least learned to look out the window and wave at the towns and scenery that were blowing by. This time on my own pushed me to make some decisions and to think "out of the box!"
Maybe I couldn't stay here at Wendy's for a year, but what about a couple of months?
As I watched St. Cirq Lapopie rise out of the mist each morning, I made up my mind that I was determined to find a way.
I'd found a quote in a book I was reading during this visit. It was by Robert Johnson, who said:
"If a fantasy is not responded to it becomes an energy leak. It is the creative faculty squandering itself into wishful thinking. Wishing for what one does not have is a symptom of unaligned energy."
I discovered that I am not a wishful thinker!