Adjusting the Focus

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I took some pictures of the kids the last few days as it is tradition to do so on the first day of school.  This year the kids are filled with so much excitement! So much is new and uncharted!  New house, new neighborhood, new schools for all three, new rules, new friends, with a few old ones sprinkled in here and there, but mostly the excitement of new opportunities!

I took a few different pictures of them, as I normally do, with the hope that at least some of them would turn out good.  Afterwards, when I was going through them, I noticed that there were some that were good, but the focus was a little off, they were some OK shots, but definitely didn’t hold a candle to the few where the focus seemed clear and concise.

I downloaded them to my computer, and opened a program to see what I could do to make them a little better, and the thought occurred to me that it would be so much easier if I understood what makes some of the pictures come out better than others, so that I wouldn’t have to go back and try to fix them later, they would just automatically be good.  I decided that the problem was put simply… focus. The thought actually made me chuckle a little, as an alternate meaning for that statement entered my mind.

Ah, Focus..  isn’t it interesting!

How many things in our lives would be easier and would make far more sense if we had a adequate focus.  If we correctly identified what part of the “big picture” is important, what things we should actually be working on, and no longer wasted time  hmming and haaing over unimportant details.  There are so many blurry issues in our day to day as it stands.  Much of our daily pains and frustrations we cause ourselves because we are focusing on the incorrect part of a problem.  I wonder what a different place this world would be if we challenged ourselves to have clearer focus.

this one’s my favorite 🙂

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