11.2.11 = Focus
Did you ever have one of those days when you have that long check list of things to do and then suddenly, without warning, everything changes? Well, I had one last week and it’s been on mind since. I was on a shoot Friday when I was asked by the shop owner if I would get a shot or two of the pink ribbons tied to the trees along the road in support of breast cancer and the Pink Ribbon campaign. Ribbons tied to trees? Really? I had just driven down the street and I didn’t see any pink ribbons tied to trees. As I walked down the street, sure enough, there were pink ribbons everywhere. As I put the viewfinder to my eye, tying to figure out just how I was going to make this look artful, that’s when it hit me. When I focused in on the ribbons, I realized that each ribbon had a name or a message written on it. As I clicked away and the significance of this began to sink in, there it was, just staring at me; the name of a very dear friend of mine battling breast cancer. At that moment, I froze and got the chills and my eyes began to well up. A few years ago, I purchased one of those pink silicone bracelets in support of breast cancer. When I found out that she was in the fight, I dug it out of a drawer and have been wearing it for over a year now. I don’t take it off, but like so many things, you just get used to it and take it for granted. I know what I need to do, do you? Today I give thanks for my viewfinder, for allowing me to focus in on the world around me.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.”