In his Commencement Speech to the Kenyon College Class of 2005, David Foster Wallace reminds great leaders of the negative impact that their current world view may be having on seeing new possibilities. With hectic and sometimes frenetic schedules, new opportunities and questions may be subject to the brain defaulting into an auto-response mode. The impact of this may result in missing an opportunity to change the world. Wallace states that “the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about.” He began his address with the story of two young fish swimming together.
“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?’ And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes ‘What the hell is water?’”
His message is beautifully simple and profound: life is about continuous learning. It is an “awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over: ‘This is water.’ ‘This is water.’” Always stand back for a moment and seek to see through different eyes.
May you heighten and deepen your awareness of yourself, life and those whom you touch and serve that may you find and see wonders beyond your wildest dreams. Find inspiration in the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Remind yourself often by saying: “This is water.”
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!