Youthful Hue: The Camera and Focus

I have a female friend. Recently, she took interest in photography and started to attend classes. i had barely encouraged her the first time she spoke to me about it, but  when I saw her seriousness and the attention she usually paid to taking pictures and photographs from her mobile phone, I chose to support and encourage her in every way I could- well, what are friends for?

The other day after her class, I met her with her camera. It was a model and we toyed with it a bit. She tried to put me through all she had learnt that day- but I learnt much more.

I thought out life to be a camera; you have to focus it correctly to get the right results. However, these results are categorised into three as I think. I'll explain them below:

Firstly, it simplifies things especially when you are not clear as to your purpose and you try to do too much causing stress, inner conflict and confusion. Focus then leads a simpler lifestyle and a saner schedule.
Second, focus gives direction. Most times, people confuse activity with productivity. The diffused light has a limited impact but when light is focused like a lacer, it can cut through steel.
Third, it energises, bringing less but meaningful work. What weighs us down is not overwork but meaningless work. I therefore concur to George Bernard Shaw's words:
"This is the true joy of life: being used up for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a selfish little clot of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."
That day, I left my friend grateful for lessons I indirectly learnt. I'm sure she would read this anytime soon, but then, she would learn them too...
Nelson Vincent.

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