According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, the informal definition of tunnel vision is:
“The tendency to focus exclusively on a single or limited objective or view.”
At times this concentration of attention can be beneficial to our development. We can shut out distractions and, as the saying goes, ‘get things done’.
That said, balancing this perspective with a wider vision – for example, an open approach to the world around us – can likewise provide us with benefits.
When not limited or restricted by tunnel vision we might find inspiration, ideas and fresh inputs in our everyday surroundings.
As ever, a middle way between these two visions is available to us. Learning by being in harmony with the present moment is perhaps what the American writer, social reformer, and academic Helen Keller was referring to with her words:
“Knowledge is love and light and vision.”
Thanks for letting me share this vision today. If you’d like to offer your input on the issues discussed here, please feel free to leave a comment below.