I came home from work the other day and pulled my truck into the driveway to see several squirrels running through the trees. They were jumping from limb to limb and tree to tree—fast as lightning! I stood there for a few minutes watching them in awe before opening the rear door to my truck and emptying out the backseat.
Suddenly, a squirrel jumped into the backseat of my truck!
He immediately locked eyes with me then screamed in my face before running away. Yes, he screamed! He was just as shocked as I was.
It was as if he was too preoccupied playing with his squirrel friends to notice that anyone was around. When he found himself in my truck, he immediately realized he was somewhere he didn’t want to be, face-to-face with something that could be a potential threat to him.
It made me think about all the times that I’ve been too preoccupied with my own activities, only to take a moment to look up and realize that I was somewhere I didn’t want to be.
It was a good reminder for me to have purpose, vision, and direction, and to keep those things front and center. The ability to stay focused is an important part of daily life, no matter your career, responsibilities, or primary functions. It’s crucial to be able to focus on what you’re doing at all times.
Distractions can sidetrack and even discourage us from staying focused and going positively forward toward our short-term and long-term goals. This encounter with the squirrel was a great real-life reminder for me to stay the course and be intentional with every decision I make.