This feels a perfect metaphor for living in the present and for the long run. Perhaps it is intended to be a choice, you do one or the other, but I see it as twofold advice, embracing the world from the big things down to its details.
‘He who seeks eternity should look at the sky, he who seeks the moment, should look at the cloud.’
Source: Mia Couto, The Tuner of Silences, trans. David Brookshaw (Biblioasis, 2012 (2009)), p. 124