Appreciating the things right under your nose

Made in Oregon
Do you appreciate the things right under your nose?

I spent the end of last week and all-day Saturday in Portland, Oregon.

I was lucky enough to have my wife and 10-month-old daughter with me on this one.

Apart from the great work I personally got done with a new employee and 2011 planning, we took in a trip to Podnah’s BBQ…a stop at Pine State Biscuits…enjoyed the Portland Underground Tour…popped over to Voodoo Doughnuts…ate at one of my favorite low-key Italian restaurants in Pastini Pastaria…and I had a great social media seminar-planning visit with Jen Hancox. More on that in a later post.

Both productive and re-energizing. Time with great friends as well. And obviously some good eating.

I lived in Portland for 5-6 years and loved every minute of it. Even when it was raining. But I’m not sure that we fully took it in when it was right under our nose.

Don’t get me wrong…I love where I live today in southern California. But I sure wish I had appreciated Oregon more when we lived there. And it made me think about how this can occur in other ways.

Are you ever caught up in the pursuit of the newest? Has social media or whatever other distraction caused you to lose focus on what matters most, or even more? Or who matters most or more?

Are you continually scanning the horizon for greener grass?

More than simply appreciating the things right under your nose, do you ever fail to get the most from them? I struggle with this sometimes, I’ll admit.

As the Web has taken over, it seems we can allow this to happen without really knowing it. We get distracted far more easily today than ever before, I’m certain. Our pursuit of what’s next causes a stupor of thought for both individuals and businesses. We get only partial usefulness of the things in our lives…before getting excited about the shinier objects that catch our attention.

What do you think? Does this happen to you? How do you curb it?

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