Never mind the wood, watch out for the trees

Daily Prompt: Landscape

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

It has been a while since I tackled the daily prompt but when I saw this I just knew I had to respond, even if only frivolously.

Literally, first –  I have to say “neither” because there are no trees. Effectively, the island that I live on has no trees at all. Most of Orkney is treeless. I miss trees terribly and there are days when I would sell my soul for a long walk in a forest upon a hill somewhere.

I look from my window and I see grass. Grass and sheep, sometimes maybe grass and cows. Grass and livestock and sky and clouds. A huge sky with fantastic clouds, to be sure – but not a tree in sight.

Figuratively speaking  I think that when I look out of my real window I see the trees first – the small details in the landscape that catch my eye – the wren bobbing in and out of the stone wall, the oystercatcher sitting on her nest, the lapwing seeing off a raid from a passing hooded crow. Sometimes it is the shape of a cloud that grabs my attention and I outline the elephant or the seal, at other times I spot our chickens going on safari in the field next door. It takes time to absorb all the detail and then to encompass the landscape as a whole. Despite the fact that it appears quite bleak and empty at times, there is a whole lot going on.

Now, what happens when I look from my figurative window? I guess we are speaking problem-solving here – something that I am good at. I am not sure that I can claim to be either a woods or trees person. I find it easy to see the bigger picture but I also very quickly grasp the detail of the individual tasks to be undertaken. Cool in a crisis, that’s me, and quick to find a resolution.

Or perhaps we are thinking of task management, and whether or not some project appears to large to handle. I am not fazed by the size of the plantation, I can tackle it tree by tree and work my way through with my task-assassination machete. Oh, yeah.

Ms Perfect, that’s me.

 

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One Comment

  1. May 11, 2013
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    On days when the wind is whipping through the trees and we are facing a possible tornado, I would almost be glad to send you our trees that stand so majestic in our front yard. On the calm hot days is when I appreciate their shadows. It is all about the perspective in life. Thank you for sharing yours.

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