Thursday, August 4, 2016

Stepping Back and Viewing Life Differently
We've probably all heard the old saying countless times about "not seeing the trees for the forests." In fact, we've probably heard it so often that we've forgotten just how true it is. 

If you're like I am, sometimes it is easy to overlook the beauty of things near at hand, because we're far too busy looking at the big, finances, goals, projects, etc. It's easy to miss a birthday party or a child's band performance or soccer game because we're focused on "the forest" instead of the individual "trees" that surround us.  

Then, when we finally bring those close to us back into focus, we realize how much of life we missed because we were too focused on making a living

Sure, goals are important; so is making the money you need to support yourself or your loved ones. But don't lose sight of why you're working so hard. If you're doing it for your family, make sure you're giving them as much attention as you give to the job. 

I'm not saying you have to give them the same quantity of time each day as you give to the office...that would be wonderful, but I know it's not always possible. No, instead, I say give them the same quality of time. 

When you are with your loved ones, be with them. Don't work on your computer when a child is trying to show you the gold star they got on their test; don't watch the news when your spouse is talking to you about his or her day. 

Instead, step back, take your eyes off the far horizon and focus on the individual people in your life who make what you do worthwhile. 

When you do that, you might just find that one breathtakingly perfect tree in the dense forest surrounding you. Or the hidden beauty of a single teaspoonful of beach sand (like magnified picture above). 

You owe it to yourself... you owe it to those you love.

Wishing you the best,