Focus and short-sightedness.

For any positive trait you can think of, there is a downside. Vice versa as well.

Focus is nearly always associated as a positive trait to have. However, if someone is focused entirely on one aspect of their life, they can end up incredibly short-sighted in other aspects of their lives. The person who restlessly builds their business may be neglecting the attention their child needs as one example.

Even without a glaringly-obvious, skewed focus, this natural occurrence can be seen in kids vs. adults. As a responsible adult, you have tasks that must be done. Food that must be made. A job that must be attended to. A home that must be cleaned and more. Naturally, these responsibilities become foci that a 4 year old child for example doesn’t have.

What is the natural result?

Going out to get some exercise, like a walk, you may chastise your child who keeps stopping to smell the flowers, look at the leaves on the ground, stare at some insects, or any other display of wonder. It’s not that you don’t find those things nice, but the dishes are still waiting for you at home, followed by the bedtime routine of your daughter and then the preparations for tomorrow. How will you achieve all that with your nose in the flowers?

As adults, our focus has made us short-sighted in a way that a child isn’t.

This can be extrapolated to many more important topics in the world:

  • Taking care of our community
  • Thinking about what the future will be like for generations behind us
  • Making things better

A singular goal is the same as a deep focus, which is the same as being short-sighted in everything but one item. Of course the mortgage must be paid, the dishes must be done and food needs to be on the table, that doesn’t mean a conscious effort to keep our focus wide outside of those things can’t be attempted.