May 19 2013
When you gaze out your window — real or figurative — do you see the forest first, or the trees?
This blog prompt comes from the idiom can’t see the forest for the trees which means ” To be so concerned with specifics or details that the larger problem, situation or point is missed”. It means that if you look at things one at a time, you might not realize that a branch of separate “trees” go together to make a “forest“. When you are too close to a situation you need to step back and get a little perspective. When you do you will notice there was a whole forest you couldn’t see before because you were too close, and focusing on the trees. Simply that you have focused on the many details and have failed to see the overall view, impression or key point.
Now that is out of the way, I must say that IMNSHO (in my not so humble opinion) you have to see the big picture first and then only go into the details. Again, just my opinion. And maybe not always see the whole thing first but atleast be aware that the “trees” that you are seeing, or even “tree”, is part of a big picture or a large forest if you will. This is true for most of the time for me. Everytime I notice something in my mind I’m always thinking is this part of something else? or is it just something unique and singular.
However I must say this – for those of you who always look at the big picture first always remember that there is beauty in the details and hence appreciating a single tree as a thing of beauty or something to pay attention to, is always good. It just makes so much more sense.