Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Enjoy the tools you have and get away from the fear of missing outWhen we hit abundance with a scarcity mentality, that's what we all slam into. There's more around us than we could ever use, yet we keep on grasping, grabbing, fearful that we'll miss the next new thing.
A long time ago, I wrote a column called "Focus Yourself Before You Focus The Camera." Maybe it's time to revisit that idea. I think we need a new focus. I don't think we can comfortably live in the photographic abundance we're surrounded by until we can let go of scarcity and zero in on a new focus: sufficiency.
Sufficiency. Lynne Twist describes it in her wonderful book, The Soul of Money: "Once we let go of scarcity, we discover the surprising truth of sufficiency. By sufficiency, I don't mean the quantity of anything. Sufficiency isn't two steps up from poverty or one step short of abundance. It isn't a measure of barely enough or more than enough. Sufficiency isn't an amount at all. It is an experience, a context we generate, a declaration, a knowing that there is enough, and that we are enough."
Knowing that there is enough and that we are enough. That's not just how I'd like to approach my photography, it's how I'd like to approach my life. If I could settle in sufficiency, then I wouldn't suffer from FOMO.
Maybe I could even turn FOMO (the Fear of Missing Out) into JOMO, the Joy of Missing Out—to be content with what I have and where I am and who I am, knowing there was more (more technology, more gear, more images, more love, more gratitude) always out there waiting.
Now, that would be a lovely focus. As Lynne says, "Sufficiency resides inside each of us, and we can call it forward. It is a consciousness, an attention, an intentional choosing of the way that we think about our circumstances."
Okay, I choose...sufficiency over either scarcity or abundance, and JOMO over FOMO. How about you?
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