Posts Tagged ‘change’

Photo Friday: Homeless

January 20, 2017

I was watching an interview with a famous photographer, and something he said just clicked with me.  “Our purpose as photographers is not to change the world, but to draw attention to it.”  How can those with the ability to make effective changes in the world ever make those changes without knowing where the problem is.  Whether you’re a nature photographer, or a photojournalist in a war zone, you are out in the world inspiring others into action to make a better world.

Now, that’s enough of the soap box speech.  On to today’s photograph.  Recently, while out on the streets of Portland, I noticed a woman sitting on the sidewalk, holding a sign about being homeless.  People were walking around her, trying to avoid eye contact.  In this shot, I chose not to show her face so I can show the background, and to give it an “any city” feel.  This is a scene that is played out in every city across the country, and in the rest of the world.  I would go so far as to say this is a timeless problem.

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First Look Photo: Contrast of Fall

November 16, 2016

Every year nature puts on a show, with the leaves changing color.  Many of the tourists of Summer will stick around just to watch the leaves change in Fall.  It’s also the time for photographers to get amazing landscapes.  I personally love the contrasts the leaf change brings out.

Today’s picture is one of those “contrast” pictures.  I love how the brightly colored leaves are in direct opposition to the colorless texture of the fallen tree trunk.  I feel this contrast adds drama to an uneventful picture of a tree trunk.

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Changing Perspective with a Focus Statement

October 17, 2014

It goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyways, that 100 percent of people around the world have problems, and worries. The sad part of this figure is that 99 percent of the population have become victims of these problems and worries, and use these as an excuse of why they are unable to succeed. A few years ago, a small percentage of these people took it on themselves to speak for the 99 percent, and complain about those who learned to succeed in spite of their problems. Successful people have problems and worries, just like everyone else; they just don’t focus any attention on them. What we are talking about here is perspective.
When I first started with my job, I believed that my job was hard. I found it difficult to get through big nights, and my percentage remained at less than 90 for years. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get past that 90 percent. The supervisors would right me up, use threats of disciplinary action, all to no avail. A couple of years ago, I started studying success, and something hit me. I was focusing on the problems I was having getting my speed up. I was spending all my time worrying about the consequences of not improving. I was not focusing on what I wanted to see, which was a better percentage, and work speed. I then learned about auto-suggestion, and came up with a focus statement, “every day I am working faster, and more efficient.” I would start each day at work with saying that to myself, for 15 minutes. Within 2 months, I noticed that my percentage and speed was noticeably increasing to both me, and my supervisors.
I was recently able to give someone the same idea of a focus statement, and he’s been seeing similar results. Before he came up with his own statement, he asked what I thought about the statement “I don’t want to be slow.” The problem, I told him, with this statement was that he was still focusing on being slow. I told him that to make it work in a positive direction, it has to be a positive statement.
When we take a problem we’re having, and create a positive focus statement, we change our perspective, and open ourselves up to the positive. Here’s my way of overcoming my weaknesses at work. The problem was low productivity, and trying to justify why I was so slow. My first step was to take responsibility, and get rid of the excuses. I knew I didn’t want the low productivity, so I had to decide what I did want, higher productivity. Then I came up with my focus statement, “I am working faster, and more efficient.” Then I would repeat this daily until it became a regular part of my thinking, and whatever you focus your attention on will cause your body to react. Eventually your body will perform the actions required without thinking about it.
This is not the only way to change your life in a positive direction, but it is the one that has helped me the most. The only advice I have for you, if you have problems that still seem overwhelming, learn what others have done, and pick the method that works best for you.
Allen

Day 78: Change is Inevitable

March 12, 2012

Change is Inevitable

 

Industries fail

Technology is always new,

Change is inevitable

But without it

We can not grow.

Day 45: Desire

February 7, 2012

Desire

 

I looked At the half full bottle

And I wanted

The thirst quenching liquid On the bottom.

 

I tried to tip it up

But it was stopped

By a rubber seal.

 

Thinking I had

Made a mistake I tried again

To no avail.

 

In frustration

I was about to throw it away,

When it hit me;

I took a straw

Punctured the top

And drained the bottle.

 

Sometimes

To reach your desires

You must try

A different approach.

 

 

With this poem, I thought it would be better as a clearly defined story line.  I hope you enjoyed it, and I appreciate all your likes, that have been coming in.

Rock the boat!!!

April 6, 2011

Are you in a rut?  Does your family always tell you to show up two hours early to holiday dinners, because you are always 2 hours late? (Your only excuse was you forgot to clean the kitchen for the third time that day.)  Having a routine is a good thing.  It gives us structure, and discipline, and there is nothing wrong with either one of those.  The thing to remember about routine is it is to be mastered; it should not master you. 

I’ve watched people who are stuck to their routine, to the exclusion of everything else; or everyone else.  The problem is, when you live by a routine, that you are also leaving very little room for creativity.  Routines are predictable, and I suppose that makes them safe; but creativity is highly unpredictable, and sporadic.  This is very evident in the creative arts.  Sometimes inspiration hits in the middle of the night, and other times, in the middle of the day.

Creativity requires flexibility in your schedule.  Steven Covey touched on this in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”   Basically, he talked about having a list of tasks you need to accomplish, and prioritizing the tasks; you do the most urgent first, then the second, and so on.  Don’t procrastinate, but don’t bind them to a specific time either.  Just remind yourself they have to be done, and the sooner the better.  In time, you will begin to see time opening up, to allow for more creative pursuits. 

I realize humans are creatures of habit, and we all have our little obsessions, but sometimes you have to retrain your mind to loosen up, and remind yourself that your time, and creativity are two things you can have total control over.  No one can take that from you; even though it seems they try.

Here’s something you can do.  If you are having trouble coming up with a solution to a problem, try to throw a monkey wrench in your routine. Take a look at those things you do the same each time, and reverse it. (if you are able to)  At times this solves the problem, and other times it doesn’t; but if it may work, isn’t it worth the attempt?

To every life, some change will come.

July 1, 2009

Every day we are faced with a multitude of changes, some we are painfully aware of, and others we never see.  Change is inevitable; it’s how we handle it that will determine our future.  Change forces us to make a decision on whether we accept, or reject it.  Oh, and lest I forget, change does one other thing that is important.  Some people think that it gives us strength, on the contrary, it just shows us the strength we already have.

A little over two years ago I went through a change that still tests me today.  It was on a Friday, and I was trying to sleep before riding into work.  I was also quite contented that two days before, the last of my bills were paid, and that all we owed was normal living expenses.  I was having a lovely dream when my wife woke me up. She said she had to lie down because her left side was feeling fuzzy.  I told her to give it a few minutes, and within ten minutes it was gone.

I had just started to dream when she came back in and told me that it was fuzzy again, and it was stronger.  Within an hour, we had taken a cab, and checked her into the hospital.  It wasn’t until later that night, in the hospital, that she had a mini-stroke, and fell on her knee, which led to major surgery.

Ever since I was young, I have been very firm in my rules of relationships, so I had accepted the role as “primary caregiver” for her recovery.  She is still “recovering” and I am still taking care of her along with my two jobs.  Some days, I don’t know how I keep going with this schedule, and the constant breaks in sleep, but I have kept going for over two years with the strength that I never knew I had.

“They” say necessity is the mother of invention, but I say that it also frees your strength.  If this situation had never occurred I still wouldn’t believe that I had the strength to keep going, but I do, and I still am.  Yes, it may seem overwhelming at times, but it has to be done, so the strength is still there.

I used to fight change, but now I accept it.  I may not like some of the changes, but I can’t stop them from coming, so I am learning to live with them, and “go with it”

We shouldn’t be afraid of change; it is there to teach us how to apply our creative nature in helping others, and to show us our hidden reserves of strength waiting to be tapped into.  One of my favorite TV characters is always saying, “Everything happens for a reason.”  But I say that things will happen in our lives, and it’s our decision on how to handle it that gives it reason.

Don’t run away from change, learn from it, and use it to find the strength you never thought you had.

Challenge: Think about all the changes in your life, and how much strength you have already found.

Enjoy,
Allen