Leaving It On Empty

Back in the days when I was married,  my wife and I shared two cars with either of us using either car.  In other words one car wasn’t hers and one mine, they each belonged to both of us.  It always seemed that whenever we would trade cars I would wind up with a car with an empty gas tank.  Whether real or imagined she always seemed to leave it on empty.  This caused me a certain amount of consternation.  I always figured if she was a bit short of money she should just use the car less.  How important were all of those short trips she made?  In my film photography days nothing made me happier than buying a large cache of film and realizing I could now make thousands of pictures without any worry of running out.  Then I would proceed to go out into the field with only a couple of rolls of film so that my newly purchased stock would last me a long, long time.  I would of course consistently run short of film just when I needed it most.

I have long since learned that you can wait too long to use up your resources.  Sometimes the most productive and noble thing you can do is “leave it on empty”.  Use it all up. Give everything you have got.  I of course do not mean for us to spend all of our money today or eat a week’s worth of food in one meal.  I mean that when you give a little you get only a little back.  Passion is the seed that grows positive results and that brings success, but you have to set that passion free.

It just might be that driving all over town feeding a more productive life was really the way to both give and to grow.  Just maybe if I would have felt free to use up that film instead of leave most of it at home I would have made the one shot that moved me ahead 10 years as a photographer.

Erma Bombeck was a favorite humorist of mine. One of her more serious quotes pretty much sums up what I have tried to say only in a much more concise and interesting manner.

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”  ~Erma Bombeck

We all have a lot more inside than we show on the outside.  Use those thoughts, energy and talent and in the end, “leave it on empty”.

As is often the case the images that I have included have no direct relationship to today’s article.

Ice Patterns

Along The Backroads…New Mexico

Brothers Maybe?….Greater Scaup

Osprey….Wisconsin

North American Badger…..Colorado

Sheet Web With Dew

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