I was having trouble driving this weekend. There was a tiny little speck of something in the windshield right in my field of vision that I kept focusing on, which made the traffic blurry to me. I’d try to refocus past it, and then somehow my eyes would catch it and readjust to it. It was really throwing me off, and I couldn’t believe that such a tiny, tiny little blur could cause me such grief. And then they only gave me a large instead of an extra large coke at the drive through. It was a tough day.
What we focus on can really impact our daily experiences. I tend to let small, little specks steal my focus from day to day. Specks that I shouldn’t even spend any time focusing on end up commanding all of my attention.
I just found this twitter account called “Faces in Things.” (@facepics) It’s pictures of random objects that look like they have a face. When someone takes a picture and tells you that there is a face in it, from then on it’s hard to see the picture without seeing the “face” because your focus shifts to look for it. It’s also hilarious.
In the same way, I’m finding that we have to intentionally look for the good in every area of life. We have to focus on what we do have instead of focusing on what we do not have. We get so caught up on what we think we are lacking that we miss out on all the good that we have going for us. A tiny, negative speck can make us miss seeing all of the good right in front of us.
What have you trained your eyes and mind to see? Anyone who has been on the Internet for more than two minutes would probably say that most people have trained themselves to look with a negative point of view. Criticism and cynicism come easily. It’s easy to be depressed and miserable. Joy takes action and effort and training. It usually won’t just magically happen to us.
What are you looking for? How are you looking? We’ll see what we train our eyes to see, and we will mediate on what we choose to keep focusing on.