“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
This morning I woke up to another frigid day. It’s April in New England and while I know that the weather can turn on a dime, I did not expect to awake to 19 degrees and 6 inches of snow on the ground.
But as I lay in bed looking out my window, my eye captured a little glint of light, a jewel clinging from a branch. It was a drip of ice catching the sunlight just right and it was shining at me. I smiled at the beauty and wanted to jump up and take a picture.
It was then that I realized that once I changed my perspective, my attitude changed as well. I wasn't looking at a frosty morning, I was looking at a beautiful gem glimmering in the early morning light.
This glimmer of a jewel had me asking several reflective questions that I pondered as I got ready for the day.
- How often do I let my first impressions cloud my view and not allow me to open my eyes to the garden or the jewel in front of me?
- How often do I move so quickly through my to do's that I fail to stop and talk to a child, or to a co-worker, and really listen to his/her concerns?
- How often do I only hear the whining and not focus on the pain behind the cry?
- How often do I overlook the sadness or the frown on a child's face because I have work to complete, instead of asking how they are?
Today I commit to finding the gem in the people and situations that are placed in front of me. I need to stop, look twice, change my perspective and see the jewels that are right in front of me.