Shut your eyes.

Over some syrupy sweet mojitos with girlfriends last Friday, I heard a story worth sharing.

A friend was telling us about her work life in Canberra when she began to describe her boss. 

“I can’t say enough about him. He always knows what to do in a time of crisis and is well-respected by the entire team,” she elaborated in between sips of chopped mint and liquid sugar.   

Apparently, this man has risen to the top of their company at lightning speed. He’s recognised in their profession for being driven, passionate about the work they do, and has accomplished all this even though he is…

almost completely blind.

Since birth, her boss has only seen faint shadows.  All the furniture in his office needs to be left exactly where you found it or he’ll risk stumbling on things; he takes a cab to work every morning and has never EVER seen colour. 

My friend and her co-workers have this theory. We all know that when the human body loses a sense, it sharpens the others to compensate for the imbalance. They believe that since their boss has never had his sight, he has sharpened his listening skills to an incredible level. Unable to be distracted by shiny things and pretty women, he gives people 100% of his attention when they talk and then uses that same focus towards resolving the issue at hand. This talent has gotten him so much further in life than people in his industry with all five senses intact.

It got me thinking, how much of my attention do I really give a situation? How much of my focus really goes into a one-on-one conversation? When people talk, do I really hear them?

My mind has this ability to run around at a speed of 100km a second. It can touch on a thought so quickly that all I have left from a passing daydream is a little prick in my heart without a source.

What if I spent more time focusing on the moment and closed my eyes to the glittering little ‘what-ifs’ that pop up like fungi on a damp piece of wood in my head?

What if I finally learned to just cover my line of sight to the distractions and truly listened to what the present has to tell me? 

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