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Focus and Filter

A dear, elderly friend gave us one of his Orchid plants the day our son was born. He never gives his orchids away. These blooms are a reminder of him, and bring bittersweet tears since he passed away last year. In experimenting with how to best capture their beauty, I experimented with different kinds of photos, making them look like different flowers altogether.

I am reminded that looking at the circumstances in our life in different ways alters the appearance of the situation. This is not a new idea, but a good one to be aware of. There is depth of field: changing the focal point, allowing detail to be seen that might otherwise be missed. Using a different lens, I see more of the darkness. But there is beauty in this darkness, bringing out the depth in the center, outlines, shadows. Another lens brings brightness, revealing transparency of the petals. The darkness is less visible, and so it's beauty. Another filter brings background to the forefront.

So, today I will not limit myself to one filter. I will change the focus. See the detail. I will find beauty in the darkness, and be grateful for the brightness of the light.



mrbeckbeck's picture

Great metaphor

Beautiful blooms Michelle, and a beautiful metaphor! Sometimes it is so helpful to remember that the world is a different place from three inches away, yet alone inside another person's head.

Thanks for the perspective...

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

Thank you for reminding us that there is calmness and newness in the small thiings, Michelle.


Myrtle Adams-Gardner

I have always had truble sitting there alone and think of lovely times , even when i see my smiles in pictures of moments with dear one i hold to sadness, thank you for sharing this it treggred diffrent feeling.
Was here

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace

Thank you for sharing this. It is my hope that you achieve your dreams. Ola, I hold much sadness in my heart as well. I don't talk about it much, but it's there. I have had to learn to NOT be defined by it. To NOT be overcome by it. It took a lot of work to get there. I was reminded yesterday by another member that joy is a choice, even if we choose it only for a moment at a time. It is a terrible thing that you have sadness, and I would do anything to take it from you. But it is a fact. So we move moment by moment, doing our best, and keeping our eyes on the goal.

Another phrase that has helped me is this: Release the expectation for a desired outcome. Hold on to hope, but do not be held by the expectation.

I would love to hear more of your story. If you can not hold on to hope right now, I will hold it for you. Love and grace be with you, dear one.

Let us Hope together-
aka: Cali gal


TJ's picture

Beautiful :)

Beautiful :)

Y's picture

How beautiful! And how true

How beautiful! And how true for me.


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