I‘ve been accused of having tunnel vision before. Mostly when I’m driving. And sadly, they were right. In my defense, I’d like to argue that tunnel vision when driving isn’t necessarily bad, unless your tunnel is quite narrow.
Years ago I used to meet my cousin, Jon, when we were both driving to school. He would wave. Probably honked his horn. And definitely rolled his eyes at me when I never acknowledged him.
Eventually, at some family gathering, he shared this with me. I’m sure I’m claimed that I was diligently watching traffic, but more likely I was singing along to the radio.
One day it just so happened that I noticed him across the highway from me, watching the cars go speeding by. I bounced in my seat and vigorously waved at him while joyfully tooting my horn. I see you. I see you. He saw me and waved back. And probably rolled his eyes too.
I’d like to say I learned my lesson all those years ago and hence forth walked (and drove) with eyes wide open. Unfortunately, I did not. Last summer, I was driving home on a street that I drive on every day when out of the corner of my eye, I saw a beautiful sunflower patch.
I had driven past these gorgeous sunflowers for almost four years, never once noticing them. Sure, sunflowers don’t bloom year-round, but I missed out on three seasons of these sunny beacons.
Laser focus can be gift, but it can also be a curse. Particularly, if you get so caught up in what you’re doing, that you never notice what’s going on around you. You may miss an opportunity. You may miss a problem. You may miss a patch of sunflowers.
I’m doing my best to be present in each moment and to widen my vision. And you can bet come sunflower season, I’ll be admiring those sunflowers every chance I get.