I love this picture. It was taken by one of my sons. Besides the obviously cool owl shot, the whole story of the picture captivates me. It describes a common human circumstance that I often find myself in. Looking far away for something right in front of me! Let me explain…
Just like the photographer, I will start a day or particular project with a goal in mind like getting a shot of the owl. Knowing my craft, I'll have all the tools handy like the telephoto lens for the photographer. For me, it will be PC, reference notes, internet, Google, cell phone, and more.
Time of day and environment plays a part in executing the plan too. For this shot, the weather was perfect. For me, even on snowy or rainy days, I can execute my craft without interruption. (Ok, ya, there's an occasional power outage that might give us a challenge.)
With careful planning and tools galore, we pursue our goals. Then the part of human life we do not prepare for comes from things we can't control. Those crazy things that make their way before us regardless of how focuses we are on the task before us. We search and search for that elusive perfect story, picture, item, or sound that seems to elude us and seems so far away. Or maybe the right dinner, clothes, message, lesson plan, budget, household item. We're willing to stick to the task feeling like if we just work harder, longer, and become less distracted, we'll get it right.
Sometimes we don't see what's right in front of us. Perfection-searching makes us less spontaneous and fun doesn't it? If the photographer kept looking through their telephoto lens, they may have missed a moment to look an owl eye-to-eye.
If I look up from my Google, Facebook, Blogs, Alerts, Feeds, Images, or turn off my Spotify, Pandora, Radio, TV, PC Music, or Podcasts I sometimes get a laugh or a tear from the simple moment nature may present just outside my window. I love God's not-so-subtle reminder that He is in control. He's got it covered.
And there is the obvious answer to business life. If I continue to look for solutions far way, I'll eliminate the possibility that the solution is at hand – close by – right in front of me!
Making business work is hard – any entrepreneur will agree. But, a wonderful comfort to us are those spontaneous moments we must be alert to catch to bring sparkle, humor, or humility to us! What a great life!
p.s. Do you have an extraordinary moment you can share to encourage others? Feel free to share with us here. Thanks!