Sometimes we can get caught up in minutia.. narrowing our focus too much and miss something special. We all do it. Perhaps we see what someone has “liked” and “like” it too without really looking at it.
That happened to a item I posted on Pinterest. The picture was a roll of the multi-flavored fruit lifesavers and under it was a story about a classroom of young students and a creative teacher. It went like this: “The children began to identify the flavors by their color. Red…Cherry. Yellow…Lemon. Green…Lime. Orange…Orange. Finally the teacher gave them all Honey lifesavers. None of the children could identify the taste. The teacher said, ‘I will give you all a clue. It’s what your mother may sometime call your father.’ One little girl looked up in horror, spit her lifesaver out and yelled, “Oh my God! They’re A**-holes!”
I still chuckle every time I read it. I pinned it to my “Makes Me Think/Humor” board. Well it caught on. I started getting notifications that people were pinning it…to DESIGN. Really? Design? I thought this was an anomaly but within four days over 3100 people pinned it to boards for Design. I’m pleased they liked the design of the photo but I can’t help but wonder if they missed something.
Recently I had someone read one of my books. Apparently the small land mass and corresponding population bothered them. They focused on it to such an extent that it seemed a bigger deal than the story. I couldn’t help but think that they were missing a sun kissed rainbow by staring at the water streaked window. Oh and by the way..it is fiction. I can always grow more land mass. LOL
I sometimes find myself engaged in this sort of myopia during editing or when reading reviews and need to refocus on the big picture. Whether it is looking at my work, the political process or social networking it is useful to step back and get the broader view. Perspective is achieved when you can see the whole view out the window.