may be surprised at just how many great things are around
us all the time. Sometimes we don't see them because
we're in a hurry and we don't make time to see them.
Sometimes we don't see them because we get so used to them
that we start to take them for granted and we lose sight
of them. We have some very beautiful pictures in our
house, and I have to say that I don't usually see them
because they're too familiar--every once in a while I'll
notice one and stop and look at it, and ask myself why I
don't see and recognize and appreciate its beauty every
day. It's there for me every day, but I'm not open
to its presence.
makes me wonder how many other things I miss. The
sad truth is that I'll never know, because I've missed
them. It feels sometimes as if I've been given some
wonderful gifts that I just walk right by, never opening
them or even noticing them.
down. Possibly the wisest words we'll hear in our
lives. "But I can't," we say,
"because of all the demands life puts on
me." But then comes the question, "Just
how pressing are these demands that we can't even take a
few minutes to appreciate the world? If they're that
pressing, are they truly worth it?"
think we can see because our eyes work, because we've been
seeing almost since the day we were born. But
there's much more to seeing than having our eyes open.