Sometimes you need to take a step back —

Image“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Have you ever driven through the Pacific Northwest or the Redwoods? Or taken an airplane over the Ozarks, the Cascades, the Appalachian or Blue Ridge Mountains? If so, then undoubtedly you’ve seen some hearty landscape – forest lands as far as your eyes could see; peaks and valleys dotted with “leftover” trees or newly planted saplings. It can be mesmerizing. And, although it’s the same scenery for everyone’s eyes, it can come across entirely different.

When I look out my office window, I see trees – cherry, blue fir, maple, ash and redbuds. I love the different colors, heights, shapes … and it’s these individual facets that lend depth to a landscape; much like individual characteristics help to define a human being …

But. When I drive or fly, I don’t notice the trees. I don’t see their individuality, their uniqueness. But they’re still there … independently even though I consider them more of a conglomerate – as a forest, if you will. Of course without the individual tree, the forest wouldn’t exist.

Literally speaking, my eyes cannot focus on one tree from the window of an airplane. I cannot see the bird’s nest, the squirrel’s tail, or even the varying shades of green that give radiance to the forest. But the farther away I am, the bigger the picture becomes – which in itself, I suppose, is a way of telling me that sometimes it’s the stepping back from an issue that allows one to view it in its entirety.

So my dear readers I leave you with this …

When you look at the forest, consider the trees. Likewise, when you see the tree, remember the forest.

This post inspired by the Daily One-word Prompt: “Mountain.”

39 Comments Add yours

  1. Don Sansbury says:

    Just repaying your daily prompt visit…kudos on the Thoreau quote – Cheerios!

    1. baka8 says:

      Oh, and if you have never done all that Ozark and Cascade bologna we should go suck eggs? How about if I have ever managed to shove a Cadillac up my nose (as in Blues Brothers) or was it Kilgore Trout in Ohio?

      1. Don Sansbury says:

        Gee, Wally…Could you please get Eddie to go home for a little while?

      2. baka8 says:

        Eddie Hasscal? I’m not such a deviant. Wally…I’m more like…Mayberry kid, apple pie, your average all american.

  2. That is a very interesting observation…it’s all in where you are how you view the trees and the forests….Diane

    1. baka8 says:

      is that FOR the trees, OR the trees? not to mention the forests.

      1. snosler says:

        OK. You confuse me …

        Shauna Nosler 317-294-5741

      2. baka8 says:

        The twists in words are simply a lot of fun, enjoy

      3. snosler says:

        Why thank you … I am a really sound sleeper so ill let u know if your word play works its way into my subconscious tonight –

        Shauna Nosler 317-294-5741

      4. baka8 says:

        Ode to a duck, a lucky duck.

      5. baka8 says:

        just be sure that it isn’t big bro you are confusing him/her for, okay cindy–cindyrella (midnight wrds)

      6. snosler says:

        Good. Really. Your mind is a Wonder :)

        Shauna Nosler 317-294-5741

      7. baka8 says:

        Aw, shux…or should I say quack.

  3. pjdonna says:

    Love the quote and the perspective! : )

    1. baka8 says:

      Nadeen, nadeen…you aren’t by chance the same nadeen who has extra Red Sox tix? tix up in the grand stands, maybe?as for the Thoreau…well, I am sure that I once said something smart and nobody gave me enough credit (so as I know).

      1. snosler says:

        Throw me a smart quote and ill use it :))

        Shauna Nosler 317-294-5741

      2. baka8 says:

        (heh wait) what are you gonna use it for, or is that a secret?

      3. no, not me. lol… You are very smart ;-)

      4. baka8 says:

        me? smart? well, i guess i am what one might call a “smart arse?” Or rather, what might a smart person call a “smart ass” Red Sox fan?

      5. Lol you are very smart and you know it :-)

      6. baka8 says:

        Holy, …something…Batman! We done been discovered again. Our human brains the size of big gnats must have given us away!

      7. Lmao… Funny! I’m sure mine is smaller so my secret is safe haha

      8. baka8 says:

        Drats and double drats. i caught my self snooozing at the computer once agin…………’tis friday

  4. dnlsrl says:

    Sometimes we do not pay attention of our sorroundings or what is implied. Awesome piece of text.

    1. snosler says:

      Wow thanks – the only time I hear that I’ve said something awesome is when my 14-year old mimics me :)

  5. TammyeHoney says:

    Love your opening quote very nice way to start off the journey. Thank you for sharing and for the visit.

    1. snosler says:

      And thank you for stopping by :)

  6. Archita says:

    Beautifully expressed. Loved reading it :)

  7. MiMi says:

    Being surrounded with forest…I DO agree!

    1. snosler says:

      Yea … you know what I’m talkin’ bout!!

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