Life is the Coffee, Enjoy your coffee

好友她寄給我一篇不錯的文章,提醒我如何看待人生,環境和工具不是左右人生的要件,而所有的精采全是靠自己去創造,更讓我想到那場意外之旅拍取的感覺。

Life is the Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain-looking, some expensive, and some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
After all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: –   “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.  While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, THAT is the source of your problems and stress."
“Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it’s just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and then began eyeing each other’s cups."
Now consider this:
 “Life is the coffee, and the jobs, houses, cars, things, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life, and the type of cup we have does not define nor change the quality of life we live.  Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us. God brews the coffee, not the cups..ENJOY YOUR COFFEE."
 

芝加哥旅途與故障失焦的E990,拍出意外的感覺

2003年抵達美國時,完全是一場生命中意外之旅。

那年SARS,台北城也淪陷了,而出國到任何國家,必須先居家隔離。隻身背起行囊,在好友的秘書安排下,搭上了西北航空從台北飛抵底特律,再由底特律轉往溫哥華家人住所居家隔離。整整27個小時,成田機場/底特律機場/芝加哥機場/溫哥華機場,疲憊的身心,10天的居家隔離,為得是10天後再度前往底特律,陪同好友度過最大的考驗,打敗她所面臨難以相信的重症,。而10天短暫停留溫哥華,沒有了時差,全拜27個小時幾乎沒有闔眼所賜。

根本就是一場生命中意外之旅。本以為只是轉機經過芝加哥,好友突來的決定,就在美國國慶日的前一天,與她和她親友駕車前往了芝加哥,對於接觸建築這行多年的我,簡直是帶著欣喜若狂又驚奇的心,踏上這現代建築之旅,手上的Nikon990拍個不停,直到回旅店,輸入電腦讀取檔案時,才發現了失焦的現象,以及快門無法對焦動作,所有照片檔幾乎是失敗了。

回台灣後,將990送廠維修外,隔年也買了Nikon D70,但始終不曾好好整理芝加哥失焦的檔案,這陣子再度重新回顧自己所拍照片,意外地發現,芝加哥的建築失焦檔案修改成單一色係後,似乎更能描寫出大都會城市的步調,以及時光在快速飛逝中。

同時也領悟到:『即使是失敗的作品,也有它訴說故事的價值。』;同樣地,如何看待人生、品味人生,不同的咖啡豆,煮出不同的風味。環境、工具也無法改變它真正的內在,失焦的鏡頭同樣不會改變攝影者情感的傳達。

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