First a quote;
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius
A long time ago, while studying to become a professional photographer, I learned an important life lesson that has served me well over the years. On a very dreary, rainy, yucky day, our photography instructor gave us an assignment to spend the day outside, taking what he called “beauty shots”. “Have you looked outside?” we asked. Finding beauty on an ugly day seemed like an unusual and impractical assignment. Most of us missed the instructor’s wisdom in that project on that particular day, at least initially.
As you might imagine, many of my classmates (I didn’t do well with that assignment) took an amazing array of truly beautiful, potentially award-winning, photographs on that cold and ugly day. The wise and experienced photography instructor had made his point and taught each of us an important life lesson in the process.
When searching for the “perfect picture” for a photo assignment, professional photographers make a series of intentional choices… and please note; they are deliberate, conscious choices:
First: “What lens should I choose to view my world; wide angle, macro or telephoto?”
Second: “Where should I aim my camera and the lens I have chosen? Where is there beauty hiding?
Life is like that isn’t it? We either let our habitual and often negative thinking run our lives or, we choose our thinking patterns consciously and deliberately. Each day, along life’s journey, we have choices to make. Just like photographers, we can choose the lens through which we view the world, and we choose where to aim that lens. The lenses we choose alter our perceptions of every situation we encounter.
There is indeed, ugliness everywhere… it is not hard to find. And likewise, there is beauty to be found. It is in every person and in every situation.
What lens will you choose today?
Be your best self this week!
Have a great week!!
“Expanding Your Capacity for Success”