Crop It, Frame It

Yesterday I was so taken with a cluster of daffodils in a neighbor’s yard that I walked over and took a few pictures. Spring is sprung (!) and I wanted a new photo to replace the snowflake cover on my facebook page. I had to be quick about it because the flowers were on the corner of a busy street and I felt conspicuous as I contorted myself trying to get a good shot. Probably no one noticed, but in my own mind it’s always all about me, don’t you know 🙂

Anyway, when I got back to the house and looked at the photos none of them was quite right. I was going to have to resort to cropping and reframing to get the look I wanted. Suddenly, I had an aha moment.

Just last week I had a seven day stretch off from work, much needed, with no plans other than to enjoy a home ‘staycation’. I needed to regroup… reframe, if you will, the challenges and stresses of life/work.

Some cropping was in order. Every situation has it’s extraneous details – those things that aren’t important to the big picture and usually detract from a sense of clarity. Let it go! (I’m singing that Disney song in my head now 😉

Then on to the reframing, which I find is often best accomplished by putting myself in someone else’s shoes. I’m fortunate in many ways and it’s worth the struggle to remind myself of that, over and over again. That’s not to say I discount the validity of my own challenges, experiences and perceptions. Frankly, I’m not so much about ‘faking it until you make it’ as I am about making it work. And making it work can be hard work… tiring, grumpiness inducing, this-won’t-get-the-best-of-me kind of work.

Finding the best version of something can mean having to create that best version.

Crop and reframe.