Today’s post is inspired by something Suzy posted on the Moodscope blog.
One of my favourite thoughts is: “Where is my attention?” Some people have an enviable gift for shifting their attention to whatever is positive or beautiful, interesting or fascinating.
I’ve just been sent an advert for a new camera that you hang around your neck or clip to your clothes. It has ‘intelligent’ sensors that decide when and when not to take a picture – automatically. The idea is that it becomes a journal of where your attention is.
I wonder what the camera would capture for each one of us… Where would our focus be throughout the day?
I like the purposeful way. “I went to the woods that I might live deliberately…”
The deliberate choice is to stop and pay attention (and after all so many people are SO poor, they can’t even pay attention!)
W. H. Davies expresses this “Press Pause and Attend” attitude in his poem “Leisure”…
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
This is all the more poignant when you read about William’s history. Apprenticed as a frame-maker, he was clearly used to framing a focal point.
So, today, where will your attention be, and how will you frame that experience?
If you had one of the new Autographer cameras, what would it be seeing? (Great name, eh? “Autographer” – clever- wish I’d thought of it!)