Friday, October 2, 2015

Obvious Beauty, Elusive Joy

In 2009 at Mepkin Abbey, I chased a butterfly--but not with a net, with a camera.  I wanted the perfect picture:

Is the picture above the perfect picture or the one below?

What we forget when we see perfect pictures:  all the imperfect pictures that we also took:

My pastor does amazing work with a camera.  He says that for every perfect picture, he takes dozens if not hundreds of shots that aren't quite what he was going for.

As I look at the shots that I missed, I'm struck by the beauty of the plants that are part of the labyrinth where I chased the butterfly:

What other beauties might we miss when we focus on the more elusive joys?

How can we remain mindful?

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