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See the Forest and the Trees

By Matt Guy, June 6, 2019

Sometimes you see the forest – the large, the long-term, the far-reaching, the expansive, the seemingly infinite. Sometimes you see the trees – the minute, the detailed, the individual, the near-to-hand, the immediate.

Can we truly see both at once?¬†Difficult to do simultaneously — not within our grasp.

Figuratively I suppose I’m asking — literally, it’s physiologically impossible for us to focus on the foreground and the background at the same time. Not with our relatively simplistic eyes. Maybe if we had the independent eyes of a chameleon or an insect’s compound ones, but then that opens up a whole other realm of issues. Not the least of which is not having sentience, and therefore rendering this very query moot.

Beyond the physical ability we lack, may we possess the metaphysical reach to see the forest and the trees? The broad and the narrow, the near and the far, the now and the then?

Can you keep both in focus at the same instant? If we could, wouldn’t that mean that by keeping everything in focus at once keeps nothing in focus at all. It’s in our ability to perceive the relative depths of field that we are able to see and begin to make sense of the limitless and appreciably chaotic. It’s the contrast between the singular and the multitude that defines each.

We should embrace the forest and the trees, take each in for what they are to gain perspective. Sometimes it’s helpful to get above it all. For an elevated point of view with which to see the forest, the trees and the horizon beyond, visit¬†Council Crest Park.

Matt Guy

Principal Broker Licensed in OR & WA

Professional Service:

To me finding an agent you are comfortable with is similar to, and as important, as your connection with a good attorney, accountant or financial adviser. It is my goal to help you make the best, informed decision regarding your real estate needs. Whether it is with a Buyer or a Seller, I enjoy working to help people achieve their goals. Communication is a very important aspect throughout the home buying and selling process, and I hope you find that I treat my clients with respect and show them the hard work and ethical standards that I use in my everyday practice. I enjoy working through the complexities of the transaction and have the ability to solve problems when they arise, and thrive on my ability to handle the details of a real estate transaction with professionalism, integrity and care. Like selling or buying a home, first impressions are paramount to the success of obtaining a sale. I hope that you find my professional image shines through, and that my 13 years of real estate experience, knowledge and energy will be helpful and refreshing, as have many of my clients who have rewarded me through their repeated use and referrals.

Love of Portland:

I work throughout the Portland Metro Area, and have lived on both the East and West sides of Portland. I am very excited to live in a city with so many beautiful homes and neighborhoods. I also love Oregon and am proud to be a life long Oregonian. I have moved back to neighborhood that my Father spent his childhood and am proud to share in the history where I live. I live 8 blocks from the church where my Aunt and Uncle were married in 1956. I also love the many activities and restaurants around Portland and the nearby outdoors that it has to offer. Whether shopping at New Seasons or a farmers market, enjoying the many great parks, Portland has a great progressive and environmental spirit that helps to make it such a wonderful place to live.

More to me than real estate:

I am a former competitive Ultimate Frisbee player, and over the past few years have competed in marathons, triathlons, and other running events like the Hood to Coast. I have raised over $3000 for the Windermere Foundation through pledges from my family, friends and clients while running two Eugene Marathons. Also in 2011 I ran the New York Marathon. In my spare time I enjoy running and playing soccer. When I am not working, I am spending time with my wife, Mary, our amazing children, Elliott & Naomi, and our wonderful pets: Chaucer, our cat, and our Golden Retriever, Beckett.


  • Real Estate Broker since 2004.
  • Branch Manager of the Windermere West Linn office from 2011 through 2013.
  • Assisstant Manager of the Windermere Lloyd Tower office from 2008 to 2011
  • Leadership coaching and training through Windermere.
  • Earth Advantage S.T.A.R. Green Certified Broker.
  • I have a background in construction, customer service and management, and bring this knowledge to my real estate career.
  • I am a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in English and minor in Chemistry.
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Matt Guy

Principal Broker Licensed in OR & WA

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