© 2010 Lynsey

132 – Focus, avoid distractions


I met this rather cool pup tied up outside the supermarket. I just loved the crisp red leash against the black and white (and grey tones); and the curves and lines – a sort of Pacific Mondrian meets HMV dog (Nipper). This pup could not be distracted. We whistled, talked, called, and generally tried to get her to look at the camera, but no, she spent the entire photo shoot in this inscrutable sphinx-like mode. We didn’t get to see the owner either – when we came back from grabbing some milk and bread only my photos were left.

I couldn’t stop wondering what was running around in the dog’s mind. Was it the cultural memories of running with wolves across the tundra and howling at the moon, was it more along the lines of ‘I chased the postman once’, or was it simply singing, silently, “We’re here because we’re here because were here…”

It’s the single minded focus that, at its best, drives us forwards. At its worst, horror happens. Madness lurks in the shadows of focus. It also lurks in the shadows of being unfocused as well. The trouble with a single minded focus is that you can become blinded to other opportunities, or to simply having fun from time to time. Perhaps the best combination is to have the single minded focus, while being able to be distracted by a strategic whistle. A bone. Or some other doggy joy.

Manifesto
36. Every day be still. Connect to your inner being. Listen and be guided by it.
42. Every day celebrate. Who you are. What you have achieved. Things that matter to you.
46. Every day you can change your thoughts.

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