Reflect What You See

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Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.
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Did’ja catch that?

The things we focus on are the things we allow into our life. Will I allow the sidewalk bubblegum stuck to my shoe to frustrate me, or will I be captivated by this scene as I stooped down to clean it off?
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Every one of us faces these tiny moments of decision a thousand times a day. Ten years ago I would have been angrily plucking the sticky mess out of my sneakers. It would have soured the moment, caused irritation and stress, not to mention I would have missed the beauty right in front of me.
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Let me tell you, the gum could wait. As a photographer, I didn’t want to miss this moment. The light, the colors, the cheerful buildings with no people and no cars… the mess would still be there when I was through. In this moment, I chose to fill my cup with creativity rather than consternation.
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I speak these words to you because I need to hear them myself- over and over and over again. If we focus on the negative, the irritations, the frustrations- our lives become a reflection of those things. Eventually we would *only* see the bubblegum and never see the beauty. And nobody wants to be around that!!!
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One of the reasons I love photography is because it teaches you to focus. It doesn’t matter what’s behind, beside, or even before you, if you just zero in on the subject and adjust your settings, you can capture the most beautiful images in the most unlikely places. It’s all a matter of perspective. Some of my best travel pictures were taken in trash alleys. True story
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If our lives truly are a reflection of what we see, then let’s be the flowers on a brightly painted windowsill! The world has enough people reflecting its littered streets
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