#Focus


For Advent this year I’m participating in the #AdventWord project from Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar with a daily meditation on the word for the day.

Over the past year, I’ve been learning to use my SLR camera.  An important aspect of photography is focus.  Not just that the photograph be “in-focus,” but where one puts the focus.  One can take several photos of the same exact thing with the focus on the subject, the focus on the background, the focus on the foreground, or no focus at all, and the photos will each tell a very different story.  Focus is an aspect of the news today as the focus is often on celebrity, scandal, and wealth. These foci often blur out the full story of the poverty and suffering of the everyday people.  I’m getting all metaphorical again, but focus applies to our everyday lives as well.  Do we focus on the bad and obscure the good?  Do we focus on our own selfish needs and ignore the suffering of others?  What stories do we tell ourselves and how do they change when we change the focus? And what is the story of this banana and reflected light?

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