The Zoom and the Value of Closeups

Koi in a pool in my Mom's lobby

Good Morning, God!

One of the things I love best about taking photos is the control I have over what I see. I love the zoom, God. I don’t have to let backgrounds intrude if I don’t want to.

A good example is this photo of the koi pool inside my Mom’s retirement residence. The lobby is nice enough; I just don’t want it intruding in my photos.

So, maybe Small is beautiful. Small is also easier to manage. Our younger daughter Sandy has been sending me Before and After photos of parts of her home that she is cleaning. It helps her focus. I do it too, and it does help!

The difficulty with our ability to focus, God, is how easy it is not to “see” things. Like people needing food stamps. Like hungry children around the world. Like people needing a kind word and a hug — right here.

Hmmm. Actually, focusing on someone in a positive way is almost as good as a hug. And, just as with a hug, both people benefit. It just takes a minute or two to “see” and “hear” someone. Yesterday I chatted with a woman I really only knew by name. We had a brief conversation during which I found out she had volunteered to take in a baby mynah bird, which is now three years old with a real vocabulary. Wonderful!

Somehow, God, that tiny fact has lodged in my heart. It connects me to her. She “exists” for me now in a way she didn’t before. That is a “gift” to me. Thank YOU, God!

Story teller,

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