What You See is What You Get

What you see is what you get – Does it ring a bell? Well, most of us in IT industry would have heard WYSWIG interface in web and content designing tools. 

Let us take this concept to the next level, where seeing = focusing!

You see, even while shooting pictures, in mobile or DSLR cameras, if you miss to focus your subject, either you get a blurry shot or loose the context in which you wanted the picture to be. In a broader sense focus is the key to succeeding in anything and everything. 

Focus - Our World

To stay focused, you need to have three things: 
  • dedication - to learn
  • determination - to understand what we have learned 
  • discrimination - to prioritize on what is important while applying the knowledge
Let me explain this concept with a story, from the great Indian epic, Mahabaratha. I have heard this story from my grandfather several times. Each time it used to feel fresh because of the way he made us to see it in different vantage. This is the episode where the Guru Dhron was challenged for his favoritism towards the prince Arjuna who was known for his remarkable skills in archery. It was agreed that a test on archery skills would prove who the best archer is.

A wooden bird, with a painted eye, was suspended on a leafy branch of a large tree. Now, the guru stated the rules of the contest.
  • Every student would get a chance to aim.
  • Before striking they must answer guru’s question.
First came the senior most prince. As soon as he raised the bow and aimed, the guru asked him what he saw. Immediately the prince turned towards the guru and replied that he saw the wooden bird, the branch on which it was perched, and a nest. Then, when the prince shot, the arrow misfired. Similarly, all the princes came, aimed and gave a variety of answers.
  • One said he heard birds chirping merrily 
  • Another  said that he saw the large tree and a nest just below the branch where the wooden bird was perched.
  • Yet another one said that he just saw the bird.
But, all of them missed to hit the target. Finally came Arjuna’s turn, he raised his bows aimed, and stood steady. The guru asked the same question, ‘what do you see?’ Without taking his eyes off his target, Arjuna said ‘painted eye of the bird’! The guru tried to distract him by stating, what all the other students saw, but he was undeterred, and finally when he pulled the strings, the arrow flew with laser like precision and pierced the painted eye of the bird! What he saw was what he got!

Arjuna won because he saw what he had to hit. 
Life is like a camera, focus on what you want, you will get it!


Minoru Saito said...

Hi! I like your last line, "Life is like a camera, focus on what you want, you will get it!" Thanks for sharing.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post ~ always great to have a 'reminder' of what is important ~ Great photo!

Wishing you a happy week ~ ^_^

Laura said...

Wonderful teaching and gorgeous photo! Photography is a great teacher and metaphor for living our lives.

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