Finding True North

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The world teaches that life's answers lie within. They do not. The answers lie in a person's relationship with God.

If a compass is placed near a magnet, it's clearly not going to point north.  Too much introspection is like trying to navigate life whilst keeping a magnet near to our inner compass. We might be moving but the motion is either in circles, or down some unknown, undesired road.

So what to do and how to spend less time agonising over irrelevant crap that just doesn’t matter? Firstly, spend time prayerfully waiting on God. He never imposes himself on us – He stands at the door and knocks waiting to see who will answer.

Having deferred all things to Him – “Your will be done in my life” – we can step out with confidence and take action. We can do this knowing that the trivial details – the things we waste so much time fretting over – will make no difference to God’s plan for our life.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28.

Of course, knowing what to do and actually doing it...two different things.

Great news - I did no better with 2015's resolutions than you did!

What-ho, and welcome to 2016.  I do hope that you've had a good time over the last couple of weeks.

To start the ball rolling for the New Year, a quick review of my 2015 objectives and how I got on.  If you want the short version - the success rate was low.  This time last year I intended to:

  • See my first opera.  Total failure.  Didn't even look into it in the end.
  • Increase frequency and regularity of blog posts.  Six blog posts with gaps between them of between 2 and 6 months.  Hardly prolific.  Audience highly frustrated...:P
  • Learn more about flash photography.  See results for opera.
  • Continue to declutter - actually good success here.  In a society where accumulation is unavoidable, this job will never be over, but I own fewer things now than I did this time last year, and there is more space in the house.

Should one feel bad about these things?  IMHO, no, not in the slightest.  The intent seemed genuine enough at the start of 2015 but on the basis that in general people do what they want to do, I must conclude that perhaps I didn't want these things very much.

From a photographic perspective, 2015 was not an A+ kind of year.  (Although in many other senses it was great.) I had high hopes of significant progress in terms of skill, vision, and output quantity.  In truth, I can claim very little progress on any of these fronts.

Instead the first half of the year was spent deliberating replacements for my ailing Nikon D90.  After disproportionate agonising on the subject, I decided to switch to the Olympus OM-D E-M1.  There's too much to say on this - it needs it's own blog post - but let's say the jury is still out.

Anyway, that meant a lot of time, which could have been spent out shooting, was spent looking at gear reviews.  What a waste.  Oh well - onward and upwards.  In the words of Winston Churchill, we shall "Keep buggering on".  :-o

Wising you and yours every blessing for 2016.

Hello 2015 - some New Year objectives

"Wow, it's the end of January already. How did that happen?" How often have you heard that? Well, determined not to let the days slip by without achieving anything productive, I thought I'd kick off with a blog post and see if we can't keep this ball rolling.

So, a few objectives for 2015. I won't call them resolutions because resolutions normally involve quitting something you like, or doing more of something you don't......

  • See my first opera. A friend who knows about these things recommended Puccini's Tosca as a good starting point. Apparently for maximum enjoyment, you need to have an idea about the plot, and ideally have a passing familiarity with the music.
  • Blog more regularly - and perhaps more frequently. On the 1st of the month every month for example. Fortnightly would be good but at this point in time is perhaps unrealistic....
  • Continue to declutter. I don't have a vast amount of clutter, but bits and bobs do accumulate over time. The guiding principle behind the 2015 decluttering is going to be, "If you wouldn't bother to replace it following a house fire, then it should go." I really want a nice, tight, lean, streamlined set of quality stuff rather than all kinds of things accumulated in a haphazard manner.
  • Learn more about flash photography. It's something of a black art to me now. I want to be confident how to use it in a variety of situations.

That should do for now. We can reconvene in late December and judge my success! Just to add some visual interest to the post, and because I mentioned flash photography, I leave you with this cat, who did not particularly like being flashed but was too lazy to move......Happy 2015!

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