Sure, the shops are all closed by government decree around here, so I’m really talking from past experiences.
Have you been in a shop, ready to part with the hard earned, find what you want, approach the ‘sales’ staff, and find the they are busily enthralled in their own world on their ‘phone’. Some Tik-tok, spacebook, istafalm or other thing that holds attention. Not wanting to make eye-contact under any circumstances, they’ll try to get the whole customer interruption, (used to called making profit), out of the way.
Or perhaps, there is a ongoing discussion among several about lunch possibilities, or last night’s gym session.
Walk into a store, and my local greengrocer is such, and it’s a hive of activity, each customer is welcomed, a small banter of conversation, admittedly just above, “Oh have a nice day”, but at least an interest in the person.
I had a friend once who was forever telling people, “Where ever you are: Be There!”
The same concepts come across in many religions. I’m not into deep meditation, or discovering my inner-self, or even spirit-filled ether of nebulous thought.
Nearly 18 months back, we were so I remember being told, “All in this together”.
Now its down to arguing why vaccine support can’t be redirected to Sydney to help. (And, please, I do understand there is much packed into that simple sentence, and pumping more arms tomorrow is not going to bring the numbers down the day after.)
If any, us Melbournians might want to have a little compassion given we were putting out numbers like 600 or more infections A DAY, this time last year.
Wherever you are be: Be There!
What my friend was advocating, these days, carries a well-worn, and oft, misunderstood and misused term.
It crops up in all the ‘best’ websites, lectures, books and corner spruikers.
Lao Tzu defined it so much more simply. “Focus” Ahh good photographic term, something I can get my head around.
Poking my head up against the viewfinder, and carefully working the composition, at some point, I have determined which part of the image is to be:
1. The focus, and
2 the Point of Sharp focus.
Wherever you are: Be there.
Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “To take photographs is to hold one’s breath…. It is putting one’s head, eye and one’s heart on the same axis….
There is a creative fraction of a second when you are making the picture. That is the moment the photographer is creative
Opp! The Moment.
Once it is gone, it is gone—Forever.”
As bird watchers, counters, seekers or photographers we are acutely aware of the around. The calls of the birds across the paddock, the Magpie in pursuit of a raptor, the shrill call of a White-plumed Honeyeater’s warning, a pair of Magpie Lark bonding.
I’m taking to doing much more sitting and watching, listening and soaking up the winds, sounds smells and changes of season than previously.
What is around the next turn in the track is not as alluring as years gone by. I’m happy to be a little kid on the beach, looking intently at a grain or two of sand as being overwhelmed by the broad vista before me.
Where ever you are Be There.
Besties to all those locked down, all those who are struggling with the isolation and hats off to all those dedicated Heros who are working so hard for us. You show us the way
From the Global Headquarters of the Doona Hermit.
You don’t get more focused than a hungry juvenile Australian Hobby lining up for lunch to arrive. 🙂