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  • I was reviewing a group of photos that I had taken for work, pictures of Camellia blooms. I was working hard to capture the blossoms in the most beautiful of ways- turning plants so the sun was hitting them at a good angle, getting right in the face of the flowers, picking off anything brown or imperfect, blowing stray specs of dirt off the petals- diligently I worked to make these flower pictures "perfect". And as I reviewed, I came across this one. And there he sat. A FLY. My initial reaction was disgust. Look at how pretty that picture would be if not for the damn FLY. But I took another look. I let my calm eye look. I set my "It has to be perfect for my job, for my boss, for everyone who is grading my performance" eye aside and let my calm, compassionate eye look. And I saw a little creature sitting on the petal of a stunningly beautiful flower, seemingly doing nothing but appreciating the beauty. I thought of The Buddha's teachings. I thought about the desire of all sentient beings to be happy. This fly wasn't flicking off specs of soil from flower petals or tilting the camera to get the best angle, trying to make flowers "perfect". He was just sitting there enjoying the beauty in a simple way. This was my favorite photo from that day of shooting. And I was taught a lesson by a fly.
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