Seeing What’s Right in Front of Me

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I’m now on my fourth office move within my home as the construction encroaches on prior locations. I’ve worked in the current location for several days. A few moments ago I happened to look up from my computer and instead of seeing a wall about thirty inches in front of me as I expected, I was shocked to see my face in a mirror. Not just any mirror. This one is a garish (to me) bright green and yellow and a quite large 3′ x 3′ square. It’s hard to miss, yet I’d been so buried in my work that I hadn’t seen it nor my face reflected in it all that time.

As an investor, I study companies, products, management, human nature, trends, track records, and many aspects of the world. As a writer, I create whole new worlds. I consider myself to be fairly observant, yet that mirror reminded me how blind I can be even to things that should be as clear as the nose on the face 30 inches from me.

I wonder how many other glaringly obvious things are all around me that I do not see and what it will take to open my eyes to them.

With Love,

Russ

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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7 Responses to Seeing What’s Right in Front of Me

  1. utesmile says:

    Haha, you look a bit cramped in there…..soon you will have a great new office i guess!

    • russtowne says:

      That’s an accurate observation, Ute. I have just enough room to get into and out of my chair. We’re clearly attempting to cram 100 pounds of, uh, stuff, into a 50 pound sack. I just had the cheery thought that since I live in earthquake country and my “stuff” is piled so high, if “The Big One” hits I could be buried under it. ;-D!
      Russ

      • utesmile says:

        See there is the start, to prevent this…. we don’t want you buried…. start sorting a bit and give some things away to charity… ??? or you add another annexe hehe 🙂

        • russtowne says:

          Giving things to charity is a great idea, so great that we already did it: Half the clothes in my closet (I don’t tend to wear out clothes so they last for decades), furniture, and about 40 bags of various things. It helped, but not enough. Or I could add an annex…Oh wait, that’s why I’m in the situation I’m in! ;-D! I used to pride myself in the fact that I could fit all my personal belongings in a single carload. (An automobile NOT a train car!) ;-D! I’m kind of the opposite of a hoarder. I was that way for perhaps forty-five years. Now, it would take multiple carloads (including one just for my books.)
          Russ

  2. ksbeth says:

    such a perfect example of this –

  3. Mél@nie says:

    @”As a writer, I create whole new worlds. I consider myself to be fairly observant, yet that mirror reminded me how blind I can be even to things that should be as clear as the nose on the face 30 inches from me.” – QED… 🙂

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