When you walk in the woods, do you see the forest or the trees? Do your eyes come to rest on the bark of the closest trunk or is your vision focused on the woods behind it?
It’s easier to focus on the trees nearby if the path ahead is tangled with vegetation. The possibility of ticks in the grass or mosquitoes lurking in the deeper woods may prompt you to take a closer look at the soft new growth on the branches within your grasp.
If the path ahead appears clear and bright, you may be more inclined to venture into the forest.
At home or at work, I often find myself caught up in the details in my surroundings. My eyes dart quickly back and forth looking to re-arrange or make right whatever seems out of place. However, when daily life sometimes becomes cluttered, as the beach is with seaweed after a storm…
I lift up my eyes to focus on what’s ahead. (One of these days I’m sure I’m going to see a mermaid sitting on top of that big stone).
Our ability to shift our focus is a gift that allows us to be happy in any circumstance. All that’s required from us is a willingness to refocus our attention, perhaps for just a moment, before getting back to the task at hand.
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2012