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366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 130

May 9, 2016


When you gaze out your window — real or figurative — do
you see the forest first, or the trees?

I am a detail-oriented person and I am near-sighted, so I always see what’s right in front of me first. That’s not to say that I don’t always see the bigger picture (the forest) because I do. It just sometimes takes me a bit longer because I get fascinated with what’s in front of me (the trees). Sometimes I am delighted by what I see and other times I am horrified. What I find fascinating is when I sit down on the front stoop and look at the ground, I immediately begin seeing the microcosmic world going on there. All of those tiny insects running about doing their thing. Then I will span out and see the grass and flowers and the trees. It’s those little things that really excite me though. And I can see the negative spaces between things really well, like looking through a screen and seeing shapes morph before my eyes. It reminds me of the way you have to shift your eyesight to see those 3D visual pictures.

Having this ability to see the small details also gives me a unique perspective on life too. I can usually see how small, seemingly insignificant events will balloon into something major down the road. Not always, but definitely often enough for me to know it isn’t merely a coincidence (not that I believe in that anyway). I used to do research for this group who wrote articles on alternative world events. I would search through mainstream media and pick out things that seemed ordinary on the surface, but had far reaching consequences. It was very much like watching the flapping of butterfly wings and seeing the ripple effects. I stopped the research and quit the group after 9/11 when I saw that the information I had gathered over the past couple of years prior to that event left me questioning my own government’s role in that whole horrific disaster. I no longer wanted to see the the trees or the forest. Unfortunately, I couldn’t undo what I’d read and knew. I also knew that the information wouldn’t change the train wreck I knew was headed our way as a country.

These days, I focus mainly on the small things that surround me – my friends and family, my writing, and my own troubled mind. I try not to concern myself with the world OUT THERE unless it directly affects me. It’s not a position that I am proud of. I would rather be doing more to bring information to the masses, but my own sanity prevents it.

How about you, dear readers? Do you see the forest or the trees? How do you feel about that perspective? Share your thoughts with me in comments.


  1. Foreknowledge can be a burden. I guess for me it’s about perspective and that it is one of several possible outcomes. It’s not one of my skills – other than if it is information I need to be given for a specific purpose.

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