Looking through my camera’s viewfinder for me is analogous to looking through my own life’s window.
Just as I have a certain idea about how I want my photo to turn out, I also have a certain idea of how I want my days to be. I have to make adjustments to the dials, make sure my lens is dust free, and perhaps get into positions that are awkward so I can press the shutter. I have to listen, observe, pause, and often become silent to truly witness and attend to the moment.
At times, in haste, I’ll react to quickly, convinced I know what I’m doing and forego all the above for a blurry photo.
In life, we can also grip too tightly to our own narratives. Navigating with a dusty lens convinced our way of seeing things and relating to things is correct. With this grip, we end up closing ourselves off from growth and from hearing what’s being said from others. Developing and maintaining wisdom and discernment is vital.
Nothing in life is easy. Life requires our attentiveness, hard work, and action. Life is messy and uncomfortable and rarely looks like a bouquet of free-flowing positivity. We might find beauty in this madness but will not find perfection. My photo comes out based on the work I put into it.