Some of the most simple bits of advise become life teachings.
About 20 years ago,
a gifted instructor was trying to teach me
how to ski safely down a steep, heavily forested slope
littered with stumps and boulders.
"Don't look at the trees or obstacles,
concentrate instead on the space between them."
"Look only where you want to go."
My instinct at that time was to gaze intently (and fearfully)
at exactly what I wanted to avoid.
Her advise taught me to focus instead on the
"safe" space through which I could pass.
I've used her simple suggestion many times since.
Initially, I used it physically anytime I had to maneuver
on skis, on bike, or on foot.
But, finally I realized I could apply her teaching more broadly.
Mentally and emotionally, if I need to maneuver safely
past obstacles or around a problem,
I try to remember
to focus on the space between
- the solution -
instead of concentrating on and
worrying about the obstacles.
When I'm tempted to focus my worry
on the perceived problem instead of the solution,
I remember standing
at the top of that steep wooded slope,
my heart drumming with fear.
And I can hear her saying "follow me"
as she guided me past all the dangers.
Life is so much easier if I focus on the the solution, not the obstacle.
Look where you want to go!
Has a simple bit of advise ever made a big difference in your life?
If so, please share in your comment so we can all benefit.
(Photos taken on iPhone 5 and edited on my iPad with Toaster, Sketchin, and TitleFx apps.)