We’ve all heard the saying you can’t see the forest for the trees. Well, what if you can’t see the tree because you’re not looking for the right one?

How many times have you searched and searched for an item at the grocery store, only to finally ask for help and the item’s on the shelf right in front of you? This happens to me. As my husband says, if it were a snake, it would have bit me. I was looking for enchilada sauce in a can. Guess what? It comes in a jar at this particular store. ha!

I signed up to bring two egg casseroles to a Friday brunch. Thinking I would prepare ahead, I sauteed the vegetables for the casserole the night before. I was feeling very smart the next morning. Until I searched and searched my refrigerator for the baggie I was sure held those sauteed vegetables. Too much time passed, and I had to prepare new vegetables. When I arrived home that afternoon, I discovered I had safely put those vegetables I prepared the night before in a glass container. It was right in front of me the whole time! But I was so focused on finding a baggie, I ignored the containers. (Please, no judgment on the attached picture of my refrigerator)

Now, I’m wondering if this is a tendency I’ve carried over into life. Are there times when I’m so focused or certain of something, I’m blind to other possibilities? Can I be open to considering other points of view?

I’ve heard from friends that they’ve honked or waved to me while I’ve been walking my dog. But I didn’t see them. I’ve been too caught up in my thoughts. Not aware of my surroundings.

I’m hoping it’s not too late for me to stop and look up. I want to be someone who does see the trees around her.