I often include inspirational quotes in my articles. One of my favourites is this one from Mr. Rogers:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me: Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
I first discovered this quote about halfway through my career as a paramedic. It spoke to me, because one of the most important things a paramedic does is provide a sense of calm to those around them. Yes, we have medical knowledge and skills, but so much of what we do exists in the affective domain: We try to make order from the chaos, we project confidence, we show compassion and we try our best to make things just a little bit better.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a whole new generation of helpers to our consciousness though, hasn’t it? Finally we are celebrating not just those in uniform, but those who go to work day after day in the face of adversity just to keep the world going. Their work is no less important, and hopefully we have all learned that each and every one of us has the capacity to affect change and to make the world a better place.
Such is the case with my friend Iain Palmer, who brought together a group of your favourite Fujifilm X Photographers (and me) to create a fundraising effort that supports those who need our help right now. Each of us contributed an image to the fundraiser, and 100% of all proceeds from purchased images will go toward helping others.
You can learn more about the FujiFund, and perhaps even buy a print if you so desire, via this link:
I hope you are all doing well my friends. Be kind to each other.