I’ve always heard “keep your head down” as it translates to a “stay out of trouble” sort of message. Keeping your head down shows focus, right? Keeping your head down shows determination, correct? What happens if you keep your head down too much? I’ve been thinking about what we miss when our heads are down, deeply entrenched in our phones, in our focus, and in our routine.
When we think “heads down” in the most literal sense, I immediately think of many of us “head down” in our smart phones. Monitoring social media and reading or responding to text messages or emails. And we know what happens when we try to walk while head down in our phones….
Aside from the funny moments of someone walking into a pole or a fountain because they’re so transfixed by their phone, what about what we’re missing when one or all are dialed into our phones at dinner or other functions that typically depend on physical interaction?
As we go through our daily grind, our drive to/from work often becomes so routine that we may not notice what seems obvious. Recently, I showed someone a picture my husband took of a beautiful bridge. The person asked where that was; I replied that it was right down the street. On her next drive into work, she realized she had been passing that bridge every day and had never noticed it. I know for me, the drive in to work is a time for thinking and for resetting my brain (getting ready for the workday or decompressing on the ride home). I can easily find that I don’t remember the ride because I’m on autopilot. Wonder what I’ve been missing on my daily drive…
Let’s face it, when running or hiking, it’s fairly important to keep our heads down to watch our footing. Even when we focus on our footing, we still stumble and fall. As important as it is to keep good footing, it’s equally important to see and appreciate the beauty around us.
This is not something I’m preaching about. Nosiree…I have just become increasingly aware of how much I don’t want to miss. I don’t want to miss a beautiful stone bridge on a New England Autumn day, great conversation over dinner with my husband or friends, or the chance to hike a mountain in time to view a gorgeous sunset and a super moon – while sharing hot cocoa at the summit with new friends.