After quite a heavy few weeks work-wise for both Daniela and I, we decided to take some time out from tidying up the garden & go for a walk in the country this afternoon. As we strolled along the edge of a field, enjoying the open space and the sunshine, we noticed that the long grass by the hedgerow was trampled in a number of places, and wondered what could have caused it.
It was only when we looked higher that we noticed the masses of juicy blackberries on the bramble. As we treated ourselves to handful after handful of the delicious fruit, I found myself wondering how could anyone remain focused on lack with so much of nature’s abundance all around us? Then I realised that we’d walked nearly all the way down one edge of the field before we’d seen it!
As we walked back, I started to take note of all the other fruit on offer in the hedgerow – rosehips, elderberries, hawthorn berries, and a whole load of other berries I couldn’t name. All of which I’d completely failed to notice when we first passed them, yet there they were, all just waiting to be plucked. It wasn’t until I started to focus on them that they became apparent to me – you really do only see what you sort for.
It made me think, there are lots of areas of my life where I don’t take the time to slow down and notice, and appreciate, the abundance available to me – steady income from my regular clients, good advice & support from my network colleagues, referrals from my network and customers, my travel to exotic places (paid for by other people), and most of all the care and support I get from my wonderful wife .
Of course, it’s not just slowing down and appreciating the abundance that’s important, it’s also important to notice it so that you can take full advantage of what’s available to you. By being in too much of a hurry to get to the other end of the field, I nearly missed out on a tasty treat – I wonder how often I do that in business, missing opportunities in my urgency to carry out “the plan”.
Maybe I’m not alone in missing a whole load of opportunity by not focusing on the right things; others might also be so intent on getting somewhere, they’re passing their abundance by.
What do you need to stop and appreciate?