What Are You Looking At?

DandelionWhen you look at this flower, what do you see?

An unsightly weed from your lawn? Or a beautiful flower from nature’s bountiful bouquet?

My guess is, if you’re like the media or the majority of the population they cater to, you will see a weed. You will complain to everyone about how awful it is. You will curse it and worry about what your neighbors will think if they see you with one.You will see the negative side and you will be unhappy.

Just this morning, the day after the Miss USA Pageant, all the news from the media is focused on the negative. It’s all about how Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih, stumbled as she walked in her evening gown. They’re focused (AGAIN!) on the negative. They look for what’s bad in a situation.

When you’re focused on the bad, you cannot see all that’s good.

If you want to be happier, stop looking at the negative in life. See the whole picture. Look for what’s good and you will see plenty of it. Everyday!

Instead of a girl falling over here dress, you’ll get to see a beautiful beauty queen. You’ll can smile with her and feel her joy. You can rejoice that in America anyone CAN succeed. It doesn’t matter where you come from. You can be reminded once again that with dedication and hard work you CAN fulfill your dreams, just as this lovely young lady did.  Even if you stumble along the way (as everyone must do at some point).

One of the best things about photography is it almost forces you to look for what’s good. It changes your focus. Not just for the hour or the day, but for life!

How much better to tune out the negative in your life and look for what’s positive. What’s beautiful. What’s yours for the taking with just a snap of your shutter. There IS a whole world of nature’s beauty waiting for you to see it.

Don’t let the news media get you down. You control what you’re looking at.

What ARE you looking at?

Be honest. Be careful.

Answering that question just might change your life.

Robert Schwarztrauber

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