Week 44: Monday – Great Viewfinder


I will not just live my life. I will not just spend my life. I will invest my life. Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)

Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should. Psalm 90:12 (TLB)

Many of us are familiar with the viewfinder in the camera. Some of us are most acquainted with the LCD screens of point-and-shoot cameras.

viewfinder 1

Whatever the case, viewfinders and LCD screens give us the maximum but limited view of a camera image sensor can capture. Whatever may fit in it, that’s it. That’s where you will compose your desired image outcome. Photographers call it, composition.

Two months ago, I saw a Facebook post by my former boss whom I worked for 15 years ago in a multinational company. He uploaded six photos of him. From the leftmost is the youngest-looks of him photo, the next four ones are his getting-older-and older looks of him photos, and the rightmost is his oldest-looks photo which is his real current appearance. I saw how time has changed his physicality, probably around five decades of his life, represented by those images. His good looking young face on the first two photos reminded me of his stories of being an “extra” in Filipino movies. But the last photos showed images of him that you would not think that they were him! You know what I mean wrinkles, balding head, enlarging bellies.

Above the photos, which is really the what is on your mind space in Facebook is an article. I first thought that he was the one who wrote it, but when I checked it on the internet, it’s also available in a few websites. But it really made an impact on me, since it was accompanied by his six photos, a person I personally knew before, contemplating on the trueness of the quickness and shortness of life.

And Then It Is Winter

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. 

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is, the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my babies go? And where did my youth go? 

I remember well, seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is wife retired and she’s really getting gray, she moves slower and I see an older woman now. She’s in better shape than me, but, I see the great change. Not the one I married who was young and vibrant, but, like me, her age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore. it is mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will. I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things.

But at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last. This I know, that when it’s over it’s over. Yes , I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done things I should have done. But indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.. . 

So, if you’re not in your winter yet, let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!

Life goes by quickly So, do what you can today, because you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life, so, live for good today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember.

life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who came after. Make it a fantastic one.

After reading his post, I was reminded by this truth once again: Life is too short. Life is too quick. And whenever I looked myself in the mirror, I realized I am fast approaching my own winter (given that it is still not now).

Maybe, to start the week approaching the day when Filipinos remember their departed loved ones, it is wise to go back to this great life viewfinder truth:

Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should. Psalm 90:12 (TLB)

This passage is like a viewfinder in the camera. There is only a maximum but limited time a person could spend on this planet. And it’s crucial we maximize it by making the best composition that is knowing what elements to include and not to include in our daily life.

The great elements are called priorities.

The main things of life.

And you have always heard it, The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing.

Keep the main thing before it is winter.

So what are these great elements of life?

Stay tuned for the next episodes, and discover the great essentials of the Landscape Photography of Life.


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