Tom and I were coming home the other day when suddenly we noticed a block away a new Walgreens in our neighborhood. The crazy thing is we didn’t notice the construction being done. Granted it was behind another store and we never turn down that street, but still you would think we would have seen it.
We decided to stop in and check it out. We walked around and bought a couple of things we needed at home. We went to the check out and I asked the lady how long have they been opened. She replied, “Three weeks.” Three weeks – are you kidding me? I’m usually more observant that.
So often when life is busy (and it has been) it’s easy to miss things going on around me. Sometimes it gets overwhelming and all I can see is what is in front of me. I hate that. I like to be concerned with others. I try to be an encourager. How can I do those things, if I don’t notice the needs or hurts? I don’t want to be so absorbed with my life that I miss the world around me, especially people.
I guess its all boils down to how I look at it. I see what I want to see through whatever lens I’m using. If are my lens is clear, filtered through peace then what I see has a peaceful tint. If my lens is clouded by confusion then how I see the world is skewed. I need to take off my “glasses” and have them cleaned from time to time. At this time of year I especially want to be aware of my fellow man and woman.
So how observant are you? I hope better than I am.
© Nadine Z. 2007
Photo of poster named, “Hidden Depths.”