Where shall we focus our lens? . . .

"Appreciation is yeast, lifting ordinary to extraordinary." - Mary-Ann Petro

Every Sunday over at my other blog The Streaming Now I have been posting snapshots of things I noticed during my week. Most weeks these include photos I have taken of my garden, or of the pretty village I live in. These often draw comments saying how beautiful the village is, or how lovely my garden is.

Now this prompted lots of thought. - You see, if any of these people visited my garden (or my village) expecting only to see the beauty that I show, then they may well be disappointed.

Because, with my camera, as with my life, I get to choose what to focus on.

I could choose to take a photo of the broken paving, the overgrown vegetable patch or the manhole covers in my garden. And around my village instead of taking a photo of the pretty thatched cottage with roses around the door, I could take a photo of the dingy house with a black sheet pinned up at the window in place of curtains.

There have been times when I have been overwhelmed by the glorious colours of autumn trees, lit up and glowing like works of art. While others noticed a drinks can thrown by the side of the road and launched into a rant about the state of the area.

I could choose to focus on the wrongs and let them stop me seeing all of the rights - effectively blinding me to all the beauty that is around me.

We are surrounded by beauty and can make a conscious choice of where we focus our lens. It is really worth considering. . . what are you taking pictures of?

"Keep what is worth keeping - and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."
- Dinah Mulock Craik


Cynthia said...

Your blog is so spiritually
inspiring - Thank you.

Susannah said...

Thank you so much Cynthia. :-)

It is really nice to meet you. x

Paul Andrew Russell said...

I, like you Susannah, prefer to take photos of the beauty in this world.

Sometimes I can feel really negative but when I see a beautiful flower or a blue sky I feel very lucky.

Your blogs are beautiful windows on your soul. They make me smile when I visit them. Thank you for that.


Susannah said...

Thank you so much Paul, for your wonderful comment. It really means a lot to me that you see my blogs that way.

Bless you for telling me. :-)

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Wendy said...

wow. I needed that post right now more than ever. Your sentiment of the ability, in photography and in life, to control what you focus on is so right...and yet so hard for me. I have added your blogS(!)--you are prolific!--to my blog roll. Thank you for you.

Susannah said...

Hello old geezer and thanks for visiting. :-)

Susannah said...

Wendy thanks SO much for your comment.

Life sometimes has a wonderful way of arranging for us to read just what we need to.

It is really good to 'meet' you. :-)

Kim Nelson said...

You describe my philosophy, although I sometimes struggle to adhere . There is always joy. There is always sorrow. We can love. We can fear. Choice. It is always ours.


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