On Not Seeing What We See

There is an old truth – if we are looking for something blue in a pile and believe that something is blue, then we will focus on finding something blue. If in reality, that something for which we are searching is red, we will probably pass it over in our “blue” search. So it is in our life. It’s easy to overlook the marvels that surround us, to pass by the extraordinary in pursuit of the ordinary.

John Lubbock reminds us that “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” His words are a gentle nudge to shift our perspective, to seek out the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary. Each moment presents an opportunity for discovery, a chance to seek out the extraordinary hiding in plain sight. Like a kaleidoscope, life transforms when we choose to perceive it through the lens of curiosity and appreciation.

Life becomes a journey of awakening, a continuing process of learning to see beyond the surface and embrace the hidden depths of our purpose and meaning. Marcel Proust stated, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” It is through this lens of perception that we uncover the true essence of life’s beauty.

Ask yourself, “What am I not seeing in what I see?” Take a brief, intentional moment to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Think of the marvels that unfold before you daily – the colors of a sunrise, the intricate patterns of nature, the resilience of a simple flower pushing through the concrete. These are not merely scenes found in a day. They are invitations to see the magic that resides in the moment.

Open your eyes with childlike curiosity and wonder. Look at the mundane and discover the extraordinary both in things and people. Henry David Thoreau’s timeless words resonate deeply, “It’s not what you look at, it is what you see.” Your perception shapes your reality. Cultivate a spirit of wonder and inquisitiveness. Be eager to uncover the treasures that await you in every moment. Find what you never imagined; see what you never thought possible. It is there. For in learning to see what you do not see, you unlock the infinite possibilities of the world around you and discover the profound connection within all things. For in the act of truly seeing, you discover not only the beauty of the world but also the beauty within yourself.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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