“The ginger beer is near the back of the store near the dog food.”
I nearly fell over when my son, Scott, said this to me.
The thing is, he’s gone blind in the past year and has only been in this store while blind.
I asked him how he knew this. Scott explained that when he’d been there with Rosie, my wife that he could smell dog food when she picked up ginger beer for us.
He was right. The dog food was in the next aisle to where I found the Ginger beer.
I could smell the dog food when I stopped for a moment.
However, I’ve never noticed the smell before.
Scott taught me on that day just how much I go through life without paying attention to the world around me. He also taught me that there’s more than one way to see the world around you.
In leadership and life, what are you missing out on in the busyness of your day?
Here are a few things that help me see more of the world around me:
1) Slow down – Slowly remove the hustle from your step as you move through your day. Try this: when you’re going for a walk (even to the office,) consciously tell yourself to slow down by half. Then, do it again.
2) Trust what you see, hear, smell, and feel – I’m always amazed by what happens when I trust those things are trying to tell me something.
3) Meditate – recently, I heard that if you meditate every day for 20 mins, in stressful moments, you will only have to spend a few minutes doing a mini-meditation and enjoy the same benefits. It’s a great way to clear your mind throughout the day.
These are my top three.
What helps you see more of what’s happening around you?
You’ve got this.