Love the Life You Lead. Fall 2014. Day FIVE: Linda Krantz

Through the Viewfinder

In this age of digital cameras and cameras-in-phones, it is so easy to point and shoot. Pick up the camera…aim…press the in-screen button…and, voila! A moment captured. Seems that everywhere we look, people are taking pictures.

The usual process in taking a photograph is to see something we want to capture, pick up the camera, look through the viewfinder, and snap it. A moment captured in time, based upon what we saw in an instant. Rarely do we look through the viewfinder of our camera to see what else is out there. We simply Point. Shoot. Done.

And I wonder…
What if we were to think more deeply about the way in which we are seeing the image we want to capture? How would that change what we photograph?

You see, in life, as in photography, we look, we think we see, and we capture mental photographs of people, events, moments in the ‘camera’ of our minds, usually in as permanent a state as printed photos. Meaning frozen in time.

In my own life, I have found that sometimes these mind ‘pictures’ consist of assumptions…decisions I’ve made about a person, a group, an experience, that are based upon a flash in time. And I ask myself: what if I were to look through the viewfinder just a bit more, to see beyond the image before me? What if I saw into the deeper story? What would the picture/memory look like, were I to view it a bit differently than my mind first decides?

The answer, of course, is that what I am seeing would change. Sometimes the change would be drastic…sometimes slight. Looking more deeply through the viewfinder would allow me to see more of that person, experience, moment. It would have me examine it from a different perspective and see things I might have missed, were I to simply take the snapshot that had initially caught my eye. It would allow me to see more deeply into life.

As with photography, life allows us to adjust what we see based upon our perspective. We have that choice. And so I ask you: what will you ‘see’ when you look through the viewfinder?

In joy,
Linda Krantz, M.S.
Leader ~ Coach ~ Consultant


About melindarabrams

Melinda Abrams, CPCC, MSA is a champion of the shared experience. She consistently moves individuals and groups to deeper levels of connection and support, and models ‘being moved’ by what is present in the space. She believes that in this creative combustion, capacity expands ….simply, naturally, magnificently. In addition to coaching corporate executives, Melinda takes great pleasure collecting and sharing messages about Loving the Life you Lead on facebook and her blog Moving Leaders. She loves coaching, delivering experiential programs at outdoor education centers, teaching teleclasses, holding weekend retreats, and guiding leaders to MOVE. Melinda brings over 20 years of teaching and leadership development to Moving Leaders. Her work spans experiences with youth, corporate clients, and both business and medical graduate students at Duke, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest Universities. Her commitment is to serve emerging leaders as they move towards shared enthusiastic leadership. And YES! Melinda is also an artist. She creates unique handpainted scarves. In my art, my coaching, and my spiritual practice I consistently return to wonder and awe. As I turn to wonder and create from there I experience a profound connection with source. This movement brings me to this latest series of scarves. I love the idea of wrapping oneself in an idea–an intention– a possibility, and creating beauty with that intention. My hope is that when one chooses this scarf to wear, they turn from disconnected bland to soulful brilliant. Of course when the scarf is open and hung you can read the message, yet when it is draped and worn, the message is simply seen as a design. My promise is that the wearer is reminded to turn towards the message and that the message is shared through the wearers actions and interactions with others. Melinda Abrams Melinda loves living in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband and three children.
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