Saturday, September 29, 2007

Have you ever heard of the saying "Can't see the forest for the trees"?

I have.

It means that people can be too caught up in the details of a problem that they are unable to see the problem as a whole. It might mean that you're stuck at question 2 of your 100 question paper, and spend 2 hours trying to figure out question 2 that you forgot you have 98 more questions to go. It might also be the reason why people are unable to comprehend why Rafa Benitez did not play Fernando Torres against Birmingham at Anfield last week, a match in which Liverpool failed to win. It
is also the reason why I am unable to comprehend why Rafa did not play Torres last week. But I digress.

Its a common saying, well accepted in the proper English speaking world.

However, how about a reverse of the same saying.

How about, "Can't see the trees for the forest"?

I suppose this is when you're unable to see the details due to the sheer enormity of the problem itself. When you are paralysed by the size of the problem, and are unable to take the first step to solve the problem.

Because everything that you do requires you to actually start doing it first.

And I suppose I'm wondering myself, what's the point of this whole post. And I don't have an answer.

I remember English in Form 5. My teacher Mrs Chandra (I think) asked of us to write one article every week. It was called 'free writing' where we could write anything we wanted, and just generally be expressive. I always had no idea what to write. There was once when I even lifted a whole article from a writer that I read on the internet. Of course, I quoted him, but then again, I didn't write anything of my own.

And this is where I shall end this time.

Good day.

10 comments:

youngyew said...

Deep...

JIAN said...

Yet again I don't understand this post.

crushedguava said...

yet again, the same 2 comments by the same 2 persons

youngyew said...

But the third comment was different.

Voon Seng said...

lol...

crushedguava said...

and there's also a fourth and a fifth comment!

and hello to you voonseng, have not seen you for a while, do you still think you're so smart?

Voon Seng said...

hey... you are sorta 'ruining' my image (not sure what's left) by saying that 'do you still think you're so smart'...

And yes, it's been awhile. When are you going back to home? Well, maybe I should make a trip to Melbourne and the outback after I graduate.

crushedguava said...

haha.

people who know you will know who you are regardless of what i say.

people who don't know you, it doesn't matter to them lol!

but sorry.

yah its been a while. should be back in december. you've no plans to be back soon?

Yannee said...

ever thought of becoming an english teacher? :D

crushedguava said...

not really, but why english teacher though?