A wise (if fictional) man once said that life was “like a box of chocolates,” because you never knew what you were gonna’ get. While Brother Gump’s description has merit, I’ve been thinking of my life lately as more like a camera lens – what you get depends on where and how you focus…
When I started blogging more than four years ago, my focus was pretty scattershot. My youngest child had just started college, I was no longer working, and the garden season was winding down…A blog sounded like fun. Food, gardening, some personal stories…
Some of those early posts are pretty cringe-worthy. The blog needed a theme…a flow… It took a couple of years to find the right voice, the right mix of topics. Not preachy-sounding tutorials, or recipes with too many process photos (badly done photos, too, I might add), but an easygoing mix that simply represented Life, and a fun bunch of folks out there around the world to share it with.
Focus narrowed. Adjusted. Refined.
Out went the Travel posts. In came more grandchild-friendly activities and recipes. We watched the wild animals that wandered through our yard. Picked blueberries. Ate tomatoes. Established routines, and gave her little life a Structure. The garden was scaled-back that first year as she learned to listen and help. We were ready to go full-strength last year.
Widen focus. Adjust. Refine.
Stop! Turn around. Aim the lens somewhere completely different.
With a pair of preschoolers in the house, things are very different now. The garden is sort of on the back-burner while I spend much of my time coming up with fun and educational activities for them. Thank goodness there are plenty of websites out there with ideas and suggestions, because it has been a long time since I had little children.
I guess my point (if I have one) is that sometimes, you have to re-focus on something that’s in front of you. Other times, you need to swing all the way around and see what’s behind you…
These last two photos were shot from the same spot, one right after the other. The first one is looking South, the second, North. All I had to do was turn around.