Don’t Miss the Greatness Around

Danny Forest
2 min readSep 12, 2022
Photo by Samuel Scrimshaw on Unsplash

When’s the last time you stopped and looked around?

When’s the last time you took the time to observe, for real, your surroundings?

I don’t know where you’re going to be reading this story from, but I have a feeling that if you look around you right now, you can see someone or something you like or inspire you.

Hopefully you don’t have to look too far or think too hard.

The first step towards change is awareness, the second step is acceptance. — Nathaniel Branden

When you open all your senses to your surroundings, that’s when you discover that the world around you is much greater than you could imagine.

People who, on the surface, may look normal to you at first, start to become incredible and inspiring. Everyone has their own story and have something you can learn from.

A park you walk by every morning starts to have its own story. It’s visited by different kinds of people all with different backgrounds and motivations in life. Let that inspire you.

The Mind Shift

The day I started to be aware of my surroundings is the day my perspective on everything changed. I let everyone and everything inspire me. I’m more positive and more productive. I’m motivated and achieve so much more than I did before.

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. — Lao Tzu

I’m a different person than I was a few years ago when I left the comfort of my home in Canada. I met incredible people in my nomadic life since then. But I didn’t recognize it at first.

I started to realize it when people took interest in my stories. In my journey. I did not understand how my journey inspired them, when in reality, I realized that I found THEIR journey more inspiring.

The more people I inspired, the more I became aware of everyone and everything that shaped me. It’s when I wrote my first story to ever get published about gratefulness and happiness as a side effect.

My mind has shifted and I’m happier and a better person for it.


Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. — James Thurber

It’s when I started to be aware of all the greatness around me that I realized I could achieve (almost) anything I wanted if I set my mind to it.

Look around you. See the greatness. Let it teach you. Let it inspire you. It changed my life and can change yours too!

You can do this!

Thanks for reading! :)



Danny Forest

Polymath. Life Optimizer. Learner. Entrepreneur. Engineer. Writer.