Today, I'm posting a blog written by Matthew Ferrara
Is Today the Day You Get info Focus?
I think I have so many apps on my iPad, itâ€™s making me a nervous wreck!
Flashbulb. We live in an era of abundance, for which weâ€™re grateful for the opportunities of modern technology. Yet weâ€™re increasingly stressed, overwhelmed, under-rested and distracted â€“ as the endless array of attention-grabbers beep at us. As I write this very article, two tweets have popped across my screen; I try not to look at them, to keep writing, stay focusedâ€¦. Um, what was I just saying?
We all must respond. To update. To upgrade. To announce. To express. To contribute. To engage. To exist in multiple virtual dimensions, and in none at all.
Even my camera plays this trick on me. Twenty years ago, my Nikon 2000 had a single focal point in the lens. Align the two halves and your image was in focus. Today, my D7000 has 39 focal points (I just popped open a browser tab to quick-search that fact, to make sure it was correct). Thatâ€™s the paradox. Modern technology can focus on 39 things at once, but does it follow thatÂ so can we?
(Excuse me while I press save.)
I take my camera everywhere because it helps me slow down in an otherwise rushed schedule. I stop to look around me, when I know I should be thinking of other things: Itâ€™s a struggle. What time does my speech start? How long it will take to get to the airport? Can I upgrade my seat? Excuse me, a text has just arrived; Oh, sorry, that beep was from Facebook. I canâ€™t keep track any more.
Damn, I just missed a shot.
Life is about taking the shots. Not all of them will be great. But you canâ€™t takeÂ anyÂ shots if youâ€™re not looking thru your lens. Patient and persistent and prepared to seize the moment. Using all 39 points of your tools and skills to improve your chances of success. But ultimately itâ€™s up to you to release the shutter.
We often look ahead and imagine ourselves in the future. We then try to setup the conditions for success. We adjust our stops, speed and sensitivity. We make a few practice tries, a week at the gym, reading whole articles, clearing our desks every night. And thenâ€¦.. something happens. Things start ringing, flashing, whizzing into view. We return to the tempest, our view buffeted everywhere. We risk losing our focus.
Which makes me wonder: Do I really have too many apps on my iPad? If I collect them into folders, neatly organized, will I feel any less pressure to check them? What if I turn off the beeps? Somehow, the solution isnâ€™t to organize the overwhelming. Itâ€™s to get into focus. To select and frame and concentrate. To choose the people, places and things that will contribute to the big picture.
To compose the shots we want to take in our lives.