Take a photo.

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Organize your attitude #44

In this series we’ve been looking at short and simple actions that can help us recover our resilience and choose to tell a true story instead of a self-pitying story.

One such action might just be to pull out your camera.

Taking a photo is pushing the pause button.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the nitty gritty details, doing this, cleaning that, nagging here, pestering there, that we completely miss the overall story being told in our lives. We miss what’s playing out in front of us. We miss the beauty in the moments that fly by.

Grabbing the camera can be a way to slow down and remind yourself to see.

Taking a photo is pushing the pause button.

When we thoughtfully take a photo, we’re arranging the scene artistically – reminding ourselves that there is art and beauty even here in the mundane.

When we flip through previous photos, we’re reminded that time flies and we need to stop and breathe and enjoy.

There is a time for pushing the pause button, pushing the “recalibrate” button, and also a time for refraining. If we whip out our phone to snap a picture at every occasion, we’re likely missing out on what’s actually happening in the moment.

But if you’re stuck in a bad story in your head, then pulling out the camera and reframing the situation – with the frame of the camera lens – can be a helpful tool for reinforcing the truth in your own mind.

This simple tool and quick action can be a means of rebooting your attitude – both in the taking of the photos and in the browsing of the photos.

Help yourself to push pause and contemplate the beauty in the little things by simply pulling out your camera and finding those moments right in front of you.

If you snap a picture to help reframe a frustrating or exhausting moment and share it on Instagram, use the hashtag #organizedattitude to share with others in the same boat.

2 Responses

  1. Melissa
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    It’s funny, when I first look at new photos just after snapping them, I see flaws. In fact, often times, so many imperfections that I’m tempted to delete most of them. However, when I look back at those same photos after a period of time, weeks, months, and especially years, they are so much more meaningful. In the distance of time, I see beauty. I don’t notice the faults, but rather the nostalgia of the moment. The chaos becomes serene.

  2. Lisa
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    Great reminder that sometimes we need a different perspective. My negative thinking causes me to forget all the fun things I did with my kids. Thankfully I took lots of pictures that help to remind me. After reading this post, I think I will take a snap a day as a habit, so that even in stressful, busy, or dog days, I will remember how the Lord is good.

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