Sometimes, the very thing we are looking for is right in front of us. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve misplaced my phone, keys, or a to-do list in plain sight. There’s a popular saying: “You can’t see the forest for the trees,” which simply means that we often get stuck on the details and lose sight of the overall picture. But one can very well argue that, far too often, we also become so consumed with overarching moods, sentiments, and moments, that we fail to notice the possibility that is right in front of us, sent to help us transcend a present predicament.
There is always an answer. We just have to believe that it’s out there and take the necessary steps to find it. Sometimes, the answer comes simply by being still and readjusting our perspective. Remember when you were a kid and you would play search puzzles or hidden picture games? The key to discerning the embedded word or image was shifting your focus to look at the overall picture. The same thing happens when looking for misplaced keys. More often than not, we look in the same places repeatedly, but it’s not until we view the room – or our steps – in a different way, or invite a trusted friend to look at the situation with fresh eyes, do we find what we’re looking for. Dr. Wayne Dyer famously stated: “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” Perspective is key.
If you began the year with the best intentions but are beginning to feel like remnants of bad habits from years past are clouding your ambitions, pause. Take a moment to examine where you are in relation to where you want to be, and then stay silent and still long enough to allow the solution to be revealed to you. At the moment, it may seem hidden but it is always within reach.