Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. –Confucius
The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. –Marcel Proust
Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? –Mark 8:18
Many good things are all around us – beauty, wisdom, miracles, help in times of trouble, to name a few – but we simply don’t realize that they are there.
Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader of Eckankar, once told a story of a young boy whose busy mother dropped him off at a buffet restaurant for dinner while she went around doing errands. The meal was paid for, but the boy didn’t understand how things were done in a buffet. He took some food, but wasn’t sure how much he could have. When he finished eating what was on his plate, he wanted more, but didn’t know what to do. A diner sitting nearby noticed the boy’s distress, and asked what was wrong. When the boy explained, the diner told him he could have any of the food out on display. All he had to do was get a clean plate each time. The boy’s response was, “I feel so rich!” In the midst of plenty of food for the taking, the boy had eaten only a little, believing that that was all he could have. When he realized that he could have all the food that he could see around him, he saw it with new eyes.
Perhaps it would be better, rather than asking for blessings or help or wisdom, to ask for the eyes to see and the ears to hear what is already all around us. 🙂