Details, Details, Details!! Do you ever feel overtaken by details? Sometimes my life seems like one long stream of details. Some carefully adhered to, some missed, some ignored and all with consequences!
My day job is accounting. When you work with the numbers and activities within a time period, the reports are only as good as the input or details that have been included. Leave out any tiny component and your results will be skewed.
My husband is now retired and loves spending some of his spare time re-arranging the living room furniture to see how long it takes me to discover what was moved. While I am a detail-oriented person, this can sometimes take me awhile! Often I am so into the cerebral, since I deal with facts all day, that I miss the visual details of beauty or change around me.
Details in our jobs are of paramount importance. But the small details of the rest of our lives are equally important. How sad if we miss them…
Vladimir Nabokov said: “Caress the detail, the divine detail.” So, which details will I give the greater importance? Will the cold hard details of my job be my total focus, making me be blind to the details of beauty, nature and family which are the God-given blessings of our life?
Divine details… Here are a few I saw just today. See if you relate…
*Bella, our dog, has this uncanny sense of my moods and is the epitome of a totally faithful, totally structured creature. When she gets the nod from Lou, she hurls herself down the sidewalk with breakneck speed in obvious joy to greet me at lunch and in the evenings when I arrive from work. She reminds me of how God must feel when we are anxious to spend time with Him each day!
*The hummingbirds fight over the feeder. The bull-nosed one always wins. It makes me think of how persistence and not giving in easily is such a blessed attribute. Sometimes we need to be bull-headed to protect the precious.
*The first strawberries of the season always taste better. God-given gifts such as this, my favorite fruit, can even seem blasé when you get it too often or too easily.
*There’s a wonderful little black and gray bird who seems to accompany me each day on my morning walk. He lights close by here and there all along the way. He reminds me of angels.
*If you pick your green beans every few days they keep producing for a long time. If you ignore them, new blooms cease and soon there are no more beans. The treasures this life offers, including relationships, need attention and nourishing or they can wither and die.
Ponder this wonderful poem:
“WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.”
by W.H. Davies
Remember how I said ignoring details has consequences?
What if WE “have no time to stand and stare”?
Like the green beans that don’t get picked, will the beauty of life just disappear for us?
May it never be so!
In dealing with the necessary details, always make time for the divine ones.
Are you making time “to stand and stare”?