Post Mortem

Aiming for a picture perfect life

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/29/2018 11:24:11 AM IST

 Before autofocus, there was focus. This along with the skill of Andreas Gursky got him 4.3 million dollars for his one piece in 2011, the highest anyone has ever been paid for a photograph! (thehhub.com)

‘Focus’ is a basic tenet of photography. It’s typically described as ‘definition’ in photo books. No matter what style of photography you enjoy, focus can work for you or against you.

WHAT IS FOCUS? Oxford Dictionary defines focus as, “The centre of interest or activity.” Macmillan’s dictionary gives the following definition for the verb: to focus is to ‘concentrate on something and pay particular attention to it’. 

FOCUS REDEFINED: Technology keeps changing and cameras have come a long way, from the manual focus to an auto focus and then to a hybrid auto-manual focus system. Interestingly the human ability to focus and refocus on particular objects in our field of vision is a remarkable skill given by God. Sadly this doesn’t happen in life! For instance, in the blink of an eye we can get distracted with ads and we lose focus and think instead of the product advertised. It is ok to get distracted in life but it is not ok to allow it to take over our course. When we lose focus in life we need to work hard on refocussing.

IN FOCUS AND OUT OF FOCUS: Getting distracted happens almost on a daily basis. We go to buy something we need and come back with so many more non-essentials. The ugly truth about distractions is that we barely recognize them when they come. They are everywhere and they are destructive. The way to avoid this demonic trap is to know what we want in everything we do and in life as a whole (ie set goals) and be determined to get them. Every other clutter needs to be cut out if we are to stay in focus. 

The first step to come into focus is to check what led us to lose focus. Goals have a way of focusing our mind, so if we mindfully choose our goals in life, they actually make our life smoother and more satisfying. Goals help us to fulfill our overall purpose in life, while focus helps us to align our goals with our purpose. 

PURPOSE: Finding our purpose in life or the reason for our existence gives meaning to all that we do. Our purpose does not serve our goals but it’s the other way, our goals serve our purpose. Goals give satisfaction, purpose gives fulfilment and focus connects both. Be sure you know why you’re doing what you’re doing with your life. Paul the apostle, while writing to the Corinthians, made a profound statement about athletes - everyone runs in a race and all are disciplined, but “I run with purpose in every step”! He talks about determination, self-control, self-discipline and control over the body! (1 Cor. 9: 24-27)

PRIORITIZE: Determine what is precious or imp-ortant for you in life and pursue it with all your heart. In the parable of the Hidden Treasure that Jesus narrated (Mt. 13:44-46), the man who found a priceless treasure in a field sold everything he had to get enough money to buy that field. In the following parable, Jesus likened the kingdom of heaven to a “merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

Action expresses priorities. If you prioritize, you will act! I need to remind myself frequently that ultimately, I’m the one responsible for my rise and fall, not friends nor even circumstances. “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” Gandhi once said. There’s more to be done in us than through us! The buck stops with us!

DETERMINED: The definition of determination is not allowing anyone or anything stopping you from doing what you have set out to do. It is not quitting when we encounter obstacles.Colin Powell, American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army, once said, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Our ascent or descent depends on our determination. The good news is that will-power can be strengthened. Jesse Owens, four-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1936 Games said, “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”

Jesus knew the purpose of His coming: “No, it was for this very reason [purpose] I came to this hour” (Jn. 12:27) and unflinchingly He went to the cross. In John 6:38 He says: “I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me.” The Apostle Paul found his purpose in life so that even while he was chained in prison, he could write letters of joy, hope and love!

The Bible is God’s manual that will enable us to live a purpose-driven, determined and successful Christian life. We may be under-achievers but there is hope in God for all. Turn to the One who gives purpose and meaning in life - Jesus. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mt. 6:33)

Have a wonderful, purpose-filled New Year!

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