When reaching the end of Mary Geisen’s Blog post this week, I found my eyes drawing upward to find her following words:
“Your journey is richer when you accept the breathtaking views as well as the limited perspective…” Mary Geisen – Mountaintop Vistas or Valley Floors
I paralleled her words with the art of photography. For, although a landscape photo gives a breathtaking view, a limited focal point of a macro (close-up) photo reveals a richness in the fine details.
As a Type Seven on The Ennegram I’m apt to be scattered and miss the details, my mind wandering out of the present. It’s constant work for me to stay focused, so I use tools such as lists in my day timer to help complete tasks, and leaving my phone at home or in the car when socializing.
Just moments ago a work colleague pointed out I wrote the wrong first name on an order.
And the brain chatter starts. “What is wrong with me?”
This week my eldest sister corrected me on my pronunciation of “pseudonym” and reminded me I tend to mispronounce other words as well.
What is wrong with me?
And on the same day I mixed up Edgar Allen Poe and Alfred Hitchcock.
What is wrong with me? Not smart enough…well-read enough…out-going enough…
However, being on the other side of 50 years, I have learned how to zoom out of the chatter quicker and into the larger perspective that all of us have our strengths, weaknesses, and all of us have places to grow, learn.
I may always be better at the spelling of words than a speaker, although I will keep working on learning the fine, rich details of pronunciation.
I may always have to look deeper into the details before commenting on literary authors and classic movies. Or take the chance to comment, and learn from my mistakes.
Regardless, that mind chatter–what is wrong with me–is like a cloud appearing in a breathtaking landscape. It will evaporate and disappear.
For the truth is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with you.
“We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvellously who we were born to be.”
(And just in-case you may not know, Edgar Allen Poe wrote Tell Tale Heart, and Alfred Hitchcock directed the 1960’s film, Psycho)
Recommended reading-Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick
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