On my morning walk today I found this leaf, so bright and beautiful. It was next to a huge pile of similar leaves, and altogether they were gorgeous, an overwhelming sea of color on the path. I wanted to take a little of the experience home so I snapped this picture. When I look at it, I am reminded of the intensity of the hue.

I have bits of nature here and there in my house, all remnants of various experiences, meant to trigger a memory. Of course, not everything is take-able!

Once I was leading a leadership development experience with the superintendents of our National Parks. We were in Bandelier National Monument, heading out for a day on the trail together. As we ambled together down our path, one stopped and picked up a tiny shard of pottery, no bigger than a dime, and showed it to me. He explained that this bit of pottery was likely twelve to fifteen hundred years old. Another superintendent reached down and picked up another shard, and showed us the fingerprint captured perfectly on the small piece of clay. When they were done they put the shards back on the ground because, of course, they were not to be removed.

The amazing thing was that I had seen neither shard, yet the superintendents picked them out like they were a box of soap on a grocery store shelf. Their eyes were trained to see the world differently and so those tiny shards stood out like my red leaf above, jumping into their view.

What are you trained to see from your experience that others might easily miss? Is this the week when you should share some of that know-how?

“When I started making my own records, I had this idea of drowning out the singer and putting the rest in the foreground. It was the background that interested me.”- Brian Eno