Sight Unseen

July 28, 2013

Having spent a couple of weeks scouring vehicle ads for a diamond in the rough, I can now report that the expression “sight unseen” takes on a whole new meaning. But, really, we all operate on a sight unseen mentality sometimes. How do you look at the world—its blessings and its bumps?

Embracing the intangible, noticing the little things and being aware of the emotions emanating from others . . . all of these are about choiceful presence. For instance, I recall vividly when a bus driver in New Zealand announced that we were passing over the southern 45th parallel. For most of the passengers, it was a blip at best. For me, it was the first time anyone had ever mentioned such a marker—proof that my travels had taken me to the other side of the globe that I liked to spin as a child. I let myself slip into a state of awe and watched the countryside a little closer as we whirred by.

This past weekend, a handful of people crossed my path. They could have gone sight unseen but something tugged at me to be present. Each had a unique story of loss, triumph and grace. I saw myself reflected in aspects of their journeys. I found my heart drawn to offering empathetic support. And, most notably, I discovered that what I noticed with my eyes was only a meager percentage of what I was hearing with my spirit.

Oh the true, deep, meaningful things you can experience when you pause to see people. Have you ever seen how transfixed some toddlers can be on a particular person? I can only imagine what their innocent little eyes are taking in. What about the gaze of an elderly woman? The ebb and flow of life she must have seen, and the experienced way she perceives the world now.

Take this week to consider: what are you surprised you didn’t notice sooner? And, as you turn in for bed each evening, look inward to your needs and your hopes. See where it takes you.

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