I took Coco for a 1 hour walk yesterday to one of our favourite places … the meadow at the back of the convent … one of the few places close to town where she can safely run around.
you can see the canal from the meadow
I decided that I wanted to take photos of the small features of the landscape … get really close up.
It got me thinking about how important it is to see the forest and the trees and the leaves … in my work and life.
The forest for me are the core values that drive everything I do and am … the larger landscape and vision I have for my life.
The trees are the dreams I have for the next few years … SKIL2 … Life Dreaming … getting fit and healthy … being a part of Ballinamore … seeing my family in Singapore & Oz … leasing land to build my own natural build home … go to Paris etc etc
The leaves are the day to day … week by week … activities that move me towards the dreams … the myriad details that need to be done and researched and organised.
Quite literally … the blades of grass … the grains of sand.
This week is a Leaves Week for my work… lots of details … lots of learning … lots of discipline (in a fun kind of way) … steady and consistent progress and work on … SKIL2 & Life Dreaming & getting Fit and Fab.
And when I feel exasperated and too caught up in the leaves (I call it the trenches) … I’ll sit back … take a few deep breathes … and remember why I am developing the two social enterprises (Trees) … what I hope to achieve with them globally (Forest).
It all links and you need to create and reflect and plan and action on all three levels … or you’ll just get really confused and frustrated.
There’s no point in imagining a great forest (values) and trees (dreams) … if you aren’t prepared to deal with the leaves (the actual work of making it happen).
And … there is nothing more frustrating than getting caught up in the day to day actions of life (leaves) … if you have no real idea of what your dreams (trees) and values (forest) are.
That’s what I started thinking as I was taking all the close up photos … yup … I’ve got a brain that doesn’t stop.
Coco meanwhile was being Zen Dog … and just being in the moment.
I think her forest, trees and leaves are all the same thing.
If this was my default expression and feeling … I’d be a very happy person.
I sat in the meadow enjoying looking at the detail of everything … the small things … and then looking up as Coco came gamboling straight at me with a stick.
She had a great time and so did I … win win … and … she came back when I called her … good Coco.
We bought 2 ice creams and gave one to Dee in the Forge … Coco loves visiting her.
Now it’s Monday … and I’m off to immerse myself in a pile of SKIL2, Life Dreaming & Getting Fit and Fab … Leaves.
Have a great week.