January 13

  

Today's quotation:

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Eden Phillpotts
(also attributed to William Butler Yeats)

Today's Meditation:

Yes, the universe is full of magical things.  And when we think of "universe," we don't have to think of the stars and the vast darkness of the galaxies that surround ours in space.  The universe is right here, right now--that's simply all that matters to us.  Unfortunately, though, we seem to be bound and determined to miss all of the beauty and magic that surrounds us all the time.  Our wits have become dull through our years of passively receiving, of looking in the places that others tell us we should look rather than in the places that our hearts tell us we need to look.

I read a passage once about a boy who found a quarter on the sidewalk.  He had almost walked right past it, but it caught the sun just right and its gleam caught his attention.  All of a sudden he realized that there might be treasures on the ground that he never would see if he didn't look, so he determined right then and there that he never would miss another potential treasure, and he kept his eyes on the ground from that moment on.

Over the next few decades, he found literally hundreds of dollars that other people walked right by.  One day, though, he looked up, and saw the most beautiful sight he ever had seen--a rainbow that filled the eastern sky.  It held him spellbound until it disappeared, and he wondered why he never had seen such a thing before.  The answer, of course, was painful to him--he had sacrificed the experience of such beauty for the possibility of finding a few more cents here and there.  For years he had missed sunsets, smiles, rainbows, clouds, trees, and so much more because he had been focused on the ground.

His senses had dulled because he put so much importance on just one thing:  money.  Other people do the same thing with their work, their hobbies, their obsessions (with sports teams, for example), their possessions, or any of many other possible distractions.  But if we can keep ourselves aware, and if we can keep our focus outward on the things that this world is offering us on a consistent basis, we can allow our wits to grow sharper, and we can learn to see and to recognize all of the things that can make life so meaningful.

The possibility of a few coins on the ground cannot match the glory of a sunset or the special moment of a shared smile.

Questions to consider:

If you could, how would you make your wits grow sharper?

How do you feel when you see other people miss the beauty in life because they're so focused on one particular thing or project?  Are they being responsible with their lives?

Make a short list of some of the magical things that you see and experience every day.

For further thought:

I shall open my eyes and ears.  Once every day I shall simply stare at a tree, a flower, a cloud, or a person.  I shall not then be concerned at all to ask what they are but simply be glad that they are.  I shall joyfully allow them their "divine, magical, and ecstatic" existence.

Clyde S. Kilby

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