Focus: Locate, Affirm, Lock

Much like a photographer’s lens, human lives need focus. Without the level of focus that keeps our eyes level and aligned with what matters most, life gets blurred and we tend to lose track of the little things that matter most to us. Keeping the focus may be difficult, at best, but the focal point is still very much needed.

Many of us go through life randomly choosing what to focus our sole attention on. Many of us focus on so many things at one time that we spread ourselves thin and lose focus on quite a bit in life. When we sit down to think, there are so many things that fill our minds, we don’t necessarily think constantly about what matters most to us. We think about the things that grab our attention at that specific time.

To make life easier, we need a focal point much the same way a photographer does. That focal point, the main object in the picture, should be what we hold dear to our heart. For some, it may be a loved one, a very close friend, a child, a parent; it could be a combination of people or objects.

When we lose the focus point of our life, we stray to less important things that usually have a place in our lives, but carry less weight and meaning with them. Habitual or repetitive actions may become the focal point and they may drown out the more important people or objects in our lives.

To get started, you must first take a look at your life. Look at it in its entirety. Be honest with yourself without bias, as best you can, to determine what matters most to you. What is it? Who is it? Does that person or thing give you satisfaction in knowing that it’s a part of your life? Does that person or object bring you pleasure and joy being a part of your life? Is what you have chosen of importance? Hold onto your idea.

The next step is to be absolutely sure that your focal point is of importance to you. Whether it matters to others is of little concern. The focal point of your life should be something that you choose, that you absolutely cherish. Confirm your thoughts by asking yourself further questions about this person or object that you have chosen. If you’ve chosen more than one, consider asking the questions about each.

Once you’re sure that the person or people and the object or multiple objects that you have chosen to be your focal point is of value to you, then it’s up to you do keep it or them there. You should be willing to put less important events and ideas out of your mind when it comes to making decisions and choices about your life’s focal point.

For many of us, because life can feel very hectic at times, the weekend is our focal point. Those two and a half days starting at the end of the workday on Friday afternoon or evening, up to the late night of Sunday, is our focal point. It’s the time that we cherish most because we’re able to let loose, feel free from stress and let our worries and responsibilities fade for such a short time.

For many of us, because life is full of responsibility and constant chaos, the work week is our focal point. Starting somewhere on Sunday evening and running through to Thursday evening or Friday, even, we feel ourselves tense up and release that stress while being productive on the job, during the week. It’s a natural process that we have come to accept.

For many of us, because things are naturally there and will continue to work as they always have, things have been taken for granted, the focal point has been lost and a deep search is needed.

Once you have done that search, found what it is that you want to focus your attention on, you should be certain that whatever it is that you choose is important to you for some reason or another. The less important the object, the worse you will feel later for having chosen such a person or object, or multiple of either.

Hold on to your focal points. Keep it in your line of sight at all times. It had meaning and reason at one point in time; that’s why you chose it. Remember the meaning and the reason that you chose your focal point, you’ll surely need to look back for answers when times get rough.

Once you’ve figured out the answers to each of your questions, be sure you lock it in there. Keep it selected as your focal point for as long as you’re possibly able. It’s alright to have more than one, or to change your mind and select something different as your views change. The point is to point, snap, and shoot; develop memories about and with your focal point as often as you’re able to. After all, your focal point is what you cherish most.

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