I used to think the saying was “you can’t see the forest through the trees.” I still like this version, even though I now know it’s incorrect.
Why do I like it? Because seeing through the trees sounds more magical to me. Like instead of focusing on the minutia you are just imagining all of the little things are transparent.
The correct saying, I’m told, is “you can’t see the forest for the trees.” Which sounds uppity somehow. It leads me to thinking that it should be “you can’t see the forest because of the trees,” but that doesn’t work either, since “because of” implies you are looking at the trees rather than looking for the forest. Right?
Anyway, any way you choose to say it, it means someone is failing to grasp a whole concept because of they are bogged down in the details.
So, today I’ll simply post my daily drawing—which is, coincidentally, of leaves—and move on.
Mali Anderson is a Chicago-based content creator. She creates blog posts, web copy, original photography, and feature articles.