Our own personal stories and the stories of those around us are filled with blessings. If we only stop to see them. After writing about donuts, I started to really want one. So, I got an apple fritter. It was overdone, but oh it was YUMMY all crunchy and crispy! Of course, I then took too much insulin and my blood dropped very low and I messed up getting dinner done on time and discombobulated everyone in the house (except the cats, who discombobulate everything anyway). BUT, the blessings I saw were the delish fritter and the cuddles I got from Maxwell T as he snuggled up against me while I was recovering from the low under a mound of polar fleece.
Seeing my online friends go on dates or vacations and create amazing things with their talents encourages me also. I love knowing I am a part of their stories. Even on the edges. (I was going to use the word 'vicariously' but the definition is a bit broader than I understood it to be!!!) It is fun to focus on them instead of myself.
When you focus, you narrow your point of view onto a particular object. You look at it in a clearer fashion and ignore the stupid stuff around you. It is different than focusing on something to the point you can't see anything else. It is then you end up with blinders on. Blinders help you focus, but they also eliminate the opportunities to see the bigger picture.
In the photo above, I wanted to capture my mum and niece looking at jellyfish. Not only was my camera on the wrong setting, I couldn't see it properly in the camera. I needed to change my settings and viewpoint and focus on the subjects. I was in a hurry and ignoring what I thought were stupid things. It wasn't efficient to have those blinders on. I tried to take the photo again with the right settings, but I was also missing something else. Knowledge. I needed to fix the light things in the picture and all in all, it wasn't a stellar photography experience.
But, it does give me the opportunity to look at life and remember to focus on the story and ignore the stupid stuff I may think is important and isn't.