Life is not meant to be viewed through telescopic optics with its shallow depth of focus and narrow field of view zoomed in on individual events. The world reminds those willing to see this daily. Light reflected by a single leaf closely observed through the telescopic lens reveals only imperfection when compared to the collective reflected beauty of autumn’s fully dressed maple captured by the wide angle optic against a background of azure skies. Too many scrutinize a lifetime in small segments and individual events of success or failure, happiness or unhappiness. Hopefully, maturity allows us to step back, zoom out and examine the overall composition of our lives in cumulative context against a background of living, with all the cropping, dodging and burning necessary.