“Turning to Look”
A teacher once told me the story of two people walking at dawn one morning, the rising sun at their backs. One paused and turned to look at the beautiful sunrise, awed by its beauty. Wanting to share it, he then tapped the shoulder of his friend, who turned to look and was equally awed.
Stop and consider this story for a minute to contemplate its meaning or meanings. One comes from recognizing the important role we have to help those in our lives be aware of something meaningful. Related to that, however, is the truth that, try as we might, we can never MAKE a person be aware of something. We can WANT to share things with others, but they still have to turn to see them. THEY have to do the physical work.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve found what has become an even bigger lesson for me from this story. It’s that we are all being tapped on our shoulders all the time. Every second of every day something is offering me the opportunity to be aware of something meaningful.
The question is, am I willing to do the physical work, to turn and look?
Important objects in our lives like the one you’ve chosen as part of this week’s assignment serve the purpose of tapping us on the shoulder. We save them for just this reason, although we may not think of it this way.
Paying attention to what taps you on the shoulder is another way to find your center.
Link to Book: “My Grandfather’s Blessings”