December 20, Washington, D.C.: I am definitely still on the learning curve that leads to "letting go." I lost a monopod on The Mall today. Then I went back for it (unsuccessfully) and missed my afternoon engagement. And I felt myself somehow managing to take it personally. As if the world was conspiring against my desire to take pictures! It takes me a while to ask myself, "What could I possibly be learning from this?" But it takes much longer to try to answer the question in earnest.
After all that, I was able to meet up with one of my oldest friends. We had a great conversation. He hasn't changed a bit in the 22 years I have known him; that kind of consistency is such a great example for me.