I was walking to class at Rice University early this morning. The path from the hotel at which I stay to the business school is approximately a 1/2 mile stroll. As I approached a road intersection on campus, suddenly something inside me stirred and my eyes shot upward to realize I was immersed in a beautiful sunrise, birds were chirping, an icy cool breeze blowing through my flannel shirt, and surrounded by the fascinating pale pink brick buildings of Rice’s distinctive Mediterranean architecture… I had been completely internally distracted, dwelling on past events that only inspired negative emotions and insecurity. My “vision” was limited only to a very small circumference beyond my body. I was totally oblivious to the wonderful world around me.

I wonder how frequently I live like that, trapped by my own thoughts and oblivious to the world beyond? It was a startling realization.