We found ourselves in the lost city of Atlantis, looking for Poseidon’s trident. Finding the trident would help us bring the city back to its original splendor. If we failed, the city would be lost forever. We were doing well making our way through the city until we found ourselves separated. We were able to locate a hole in the wall between the caves that enabled us to communicate. We needed to identify symbols from one cave and share those with the teammate in another cave to activate the next phase of the challenge. We successfully chose the correct symbols on the wall, and… nothing happened. Or so we thought. One teammate began searching the area for changes in the cave that the symbols could have activated while the other watched from the small window between the caves. The partner searching noticed the other partner sitting at the window and told them to stop sightseeing and search their area as well (we won’t name the partner, but HE knows who he is.) The sightseeing partner noticed some lights on a pedestal, and we were able to use them to release the trident and save the city.
As humans, we do this quite often – our attention is so focused on something that we neglect to notice what is happening around us. How often has the answer been within sight (sometimes literally), and we are lost in our thoughts or so focused on what someone else is doing that we can’t see it? Our attention is precious – think about where you are putting your attention and if it is the right thing to get you where you want to go.