Here’s the thing about my new favorite thing- it’s massively addictive! I started going through some old photos, and decided to see what would happen if I began cropping them. You know…get rid of the intruding tourist in the background, the straggly tree over on the far right, the mysterious arm encroaching into the shot, the fuzzy something over on the far left. Get rid of all that busyness. Then start to pull in the cropping lines, reducing the too much airy-fairy sky or the too dark/light distracting foreground- and maybe only taking just a portion of the whole picture. Hit “CROP” button, and BINGO!- out pops a whole new picture- tighter, more focused, themed, a whole lot more enjoyable. It’s like birthing a whole new entity!
I got to thinking about how much brighter and focused our lives would/could be, if we were more adept at cropping them. What if we got rid of the negative aspects, cut out the annoying intrusions, eliminated the overly ponderous ground obstructing the real view, shrank the scene, zooming in on what’s significant ? What if we concentrated instead on all that makes this picture of our life good and pleasant, pulling in the cropping lines to zero in on the relevant parts? Seems to me there might be that same surprising, magical POP! as everything comes sharply into focus. And trust me, it’s like being a creative artist- taking what’s ok and reformulating it into art. Totally addictive!!! Ginny
Do take the time to view Randy Pausch’s last lecture on the page “Spiritual Discussions”. Powerful!