Every morning I make the same commute to work; a 25 minute drive on a road with no curves, no hills, and very little to look at. Any of you from Saskatchewan can likely relate to such a route so you know how a person can go on auto pilot from time to time. While the drive can be quite mundane, it does give me time to get mentally ready for the day and run through my to-do list. The drive is the same every morning, a cup of coffee, a little light traffic and some good music on my XM radio.
Thursday morning was a reminder that some days you just never know what you are going to see. I was about half way to work when I noticed a car on the shoulder of the road. Cars on the side of the road are not a strange sight, but when the occupants are out on the road something is usually up. As I approached them I slowed down, out of safety and curiosity, and was able to see what it is they were looking at. In the freshly combined wheat field, against a backdrop of trees covered in their autumn colors, was a huge moose. The big animal slowly sauntered along, seemingly unaware of the people watching her and the cars whizzing by on the highway. Maybe she was on her morning commute?
I started to wonder about how many other times that moose may had been out in the field and I never noticed her. What else have I just zoomed by without even seeing it? Obviously a person needs to keep an eye on where they are heading, but how many times have I had tunnel vision on that highway?
As you know this blog is about things I have learned as they relate to education and leadership, and you've likely already drawn a thread between my experience and my school.
Sometimes we can get so immersed in our own world at work that we get tunnel vision. How many great things have I walked by at work? How many students have I not engaged with because I've been focusing on my own needs? Everyday my kids are doing amazing things at school, and even though I do need to keep an eye on where I am heading each day, I also need to keep my eyes open for the greatness that is around me.
I'm not going to notice everything that is going on around me all the time, sometimes I need that "car on the shoulder" to grab my attention. That being said, I do need to be aware of how tunnel vision can not only occur on the highway, it can occur at work.
Do you ever get tunnel vision in your life? How do you stay aware of all the greatness that is around you?
As always, comments are welcome.