The French philosopher and Jesuit priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said,
“The whole of life lies in the verb to see.”
Is that true? Can seeing—just seeing—make a difference?
In Thornton Wilder’s play,Our Town, after Emily dies, she is given permission to make a return visit to her life on her twelfth birthday. She walks down the street and says…
“There’s Main Street…Why that’s Mr. Morgan’s drugstore…I can’t look at everything hard enough.”
Later, she sees her mother in the kitchen with her twelve-year-old self and tries to speak to her (though her mama can’t see or hear her)…
“Oh, mama, just look at me one minute as though you really saw me…It goes so fast. We don’t have time to look at one another.”
Emily is right, isn’t she? Life flies by, it’s so easy to keep our head down that we miss the wonder of life all around us.
Hellen Keller said,
“I who am blind can give one hint to those who see—one admonition to those who would make the full use of sight: Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would be stricken blind.”
When life becomes too routine…too taken for granted…too joyless…maybe it’s time to look at your ordinary life a little harder, to look with a spirit of wonder.
Who are these incredible human beings around me? And what’s their story, really? And by the way, who is that character in the mirror? And what’s really going on in my life?
The harder we look at ordinary moments, the more we begin to glimpse the truth that…there are no ordinary moments.