16 Oct Choosing Success | Oct 2018
Choosing Success Is Easy
After a slow year, I hoped for a notable success on this trip.
In preparation, I planned a route that maximized photo opportunities.
Then I researched locations and times for optimum light.
And I bought a new lens.
So I expected to come home with a large collection of beautiful photos that I could use in presentations, blogs, and articles.
But Nature had other plans.
It rained – almost every day for eight days.
When it wasn’t raining, it was cloudy, with brief moments of sunlight.
As a result, I ended up with photos like the one shown above.
So you might judge that this trip was a dismal failure.
Instead however, it was a wonderful success.
Because I decided that it was a success.
You see, failure is actually a judgment that exists in your mind. This matters because people have a tendency to act in ways that convert their judgments into realities.
Thus, I chose to judge this trip as a success, and then I chose to take actions that would make it a success.
So I went out to take photos, even while it was raining.
As a result, I experimented with taking landscape photos under unfavorable conditions. And then I explored photo processing techniques that rescued potentially “bad” photos.
You might note that by choosing success, I converted a potential disaster into a wonderful experience.
Then I met a wise raven.
Quoth the raven:
Clouds or sun,
start at home.
What you choose
how you think.
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Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation