Effervescence and Dreams Unmoored

Sometimes in the pursuit of dreams, it’s best to cast off our plans and drift without an anchor.  It’s incredible what can happen when we abandon ourselves to the currents and meander, unmoored.

Lately, that has been the case with Brian’s photography.  Launching an online business is tough, with a steep learning curve, and we’re figuring things out.  We’ve learned some tricks of the trade—it’s all about social media engagement for exposure—and sometimes we get bogged down in it enough that we miss the forest for the trees, so to speak.

Then we have an experience that reminds us what it’s all about; the pursuit of the beautiful; the sharing of a vision.

Quite out of the blue late last year, Brian got a message on Instagram from a curator at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine.  She was interested in using his piece ‘Effervescence’ in an interactive display that celebrated how artists and everyday people viewed various places in Maine.

Effervescence – Click to view purchase options

Of course he accepted.

The museum reopened in February, and just yesterday we found time to take a trip up the coast to see it.

The experience was immensely satisfying—to see this photograph we both love beside the work of Winslow Homer was a humbling honor, and furthermore. . .

So much of what we do is deliberate.  He’s working hard at the photography business, and I’m getting ready to launch my book in carefully calculated steps.  Yet this. . .

It was not an honor that we sought.  It arose from doing good work, putting beauty out into the world, and letting the current of good intentions take us to the right place at the right time.

After a pleasant day in the city, we decided a bit more drifting was in order.  Rather than take the interstate all the way back home to Boston, we meandered along the coast and stopped in Ogunquit (where Brian took ‘Effervescence’) to catch a glorious sunset.

The currents of good intentions led us again to the right place at the perfect time.

I’m not arguing against a plan.  Not at all.  But sometimes in the pursuit of our dreams, casting off the anchor and seeing where things go isn’t the worst thing.

Thanks for reading.  If you’re interested in purchasing ‘Effervescence’ or any of Brian’s pieces, consider visiting his shop at:


What about your thoughts?  Do you find incredible things happening when you least expect them?  How do you balance planning to achieve your goals and going with the flow?  Let us know in the comments.

Thanks for reading,

Greg and Brian



  1. mumsthewordblog1

    Beautiful photo 😃🦉

    1. Brian Stricker (Post author)

      Thank you!


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