Thursday, March 22, 2012

Be a Special Unicorn...........

I originally thought I was going to begin this post with an apology. An apology for once again writing about my iPhone and the 365 day project. An apology to my Instagram buddies because they have seen these images, and an apology to all my friends who have sat patiently while I showed them tiny photos in my phone and talked about the joy I have experienced since I began this project.

Then I realized a few things. First, it doesn't matter what I am using to take my photographs.  I could do this same project and have just as much to celebrate with any camera. Also, I am sure my friends would rather hang out with me when I am happy, than listen to me complain and/or whine about all the things I am known to whine and complain about.

But enough of that and there will be no apologies. What this post is really about is happiness and how I have evidence now that what I have been experiencing is real.

 Kim Manley Ort recently shared how "seeing" makes us happy and tied that in with photography. After being inspired by a TEDx talk by Shawn Achor, she wrote "Happiness is not dependent on the external world but on the way your brain processes the world". While Shawn has a few of his own recommendations for, as she called it, "increasing positivity", she added "that practicing photography and expanding the way you see can produce the same results. To read her post and see the video (and find out about the "unicorn") click here: Happiness

As I have written before, I find what she says to be absolutely true. I am living proof of it! All I know is that I have had complete shifts in my mood simply because I took a few photographs.

In this past week I had this happen a couple of times. Winter finally decided to show up last week and we had a string of rainy days. On one of the first damp and cold mornings, I was feeling frustrated about something and began obsessing about it. While sitting in my car in a parking lot, I started noticing the drops of rain on my windshield. The drops were cool enough, but I also loved how the rain distorted what I was viewing through the glass. I started taking pictures, fully present in the moment and all of a sudden, I felt lighter, more optimistic and yes - happy!

©2012 Dianne Poinski

©2012 Dianne Poinski

I experienced this drastic shift in attitude again the other day. I decided to follow the prompt given by Kim Klassen as part of her Beyond Layers course and started looking for "yellow" while walking to the post office. Once I started, I couldn't stop. Yellow is such a happy color and there was no way I could hang on to any negativity after that treasure hunt..

©2012 Dianne Poinski


©2012 Dianne Poinski


©2012 Dianne Poinski

I recently had a couple of  photographer friends confess to me in that they were feeling "flat" and "uninspired" and that some of their passion for photography had evaporated. My suggestion....................you know what I am going to say....... take at least one photograph a day and maybe you too will start seeing the world through different eyes and a happier heart. You have nothing to lose.............

3 comments:

  1. Diane, I am glad that post inspired you. This one inspired me. I love the yellow you found. When we set our attention to something, we start seeing it everywhere. That gives us more control than we think. I am going to look for yellow tomorrow.

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  2. Thanks Kim! You are right about the power of our attention. It works in all areas of our lives.

    Can't wait to see your "yellow treasures" show up in IG!

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  3. I love TedX (I hang out there a lot), and I love this blog post too.

    What a cool project you've taken on with your iPhone. Very very neat!

    Soo LOVING all those GLORIOUS yellow images!

    xo

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