Daily Short-hOPT: Look Up, Look Ahead

“Nobody gets to live life backwards. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.” – Ann Landers

I have a really bad habit of looking down when I walk. I’m not sure why I do it. Those that suffer from social anxiety would tell you that it is a coping mechanism, a way of avoiding eye contact. I don’t think that’s the case for me, but I’ve been making an effort to keep my head up when moving forward. 

You miss an awful lot when your focus is downward. I mean this both literally and figuratively. On both levels, though, you miss opportunities to interact with those around you. You miss opportunities to study and become familiar with your surroundings. You don’t get the chance to appreciate anything but the ground. 

A lot of our problems lie in the inability to see the forest for the trees. We spend so much time harping on the negative instead of taking stock in the positive. We even have the innate ability to pull negative from positive. 
Now, I’m not so unrealistic as to believe there aren’t bad things in the world. To deny that is dishonest. However, take time to really reflect on what ails you. Is it as bad as you make it out to be, or has your perception of it skewed it so negatively that you have failed to see any positivity? Every challenge provides experience. Every setback is an opportunity to get better. Every loss is a teachable moment. How you perceive it is sincerely most of the battle.

Look up. Look ahead. Take stock of what’s good. The world around you looks so much better than just carpet, concrete and hardwood. 

Have an awesome Saturday,
-A. 

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