It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
I was at a seminar last week where the group concluded that these days too many of us are so busy that we don’t have any time to appreciate our surroundings. In fact we run so fast we don’t even have time to evaluate possible alternatives to a frustrating life style. I told a friend that it would be great if we all had a place like Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond where we could drop out for a while and appreciate what nature offers us.
It seems like we are so busy not paying attention that we have lost the ability to appreciate the little things that are always there waiting to brighten our lives. And when we do pay attention we are often so focused on the unpleasant we overlook the satisfying.
Since we are starting a new week let’s look around and see the positive things going around us. Here is a piece by K.C. Leong that tells how we can do it.
Find a Release
Open your eyes. What do you see? Do you see the crowds of people walking around? Look at their faces. Curious looks, snobs, anger, expressionless looks, looks of concentration. Did you notice the person that was smiling at you? Look again. See the trees waving to you in greetings?
Concentrate now on your hearing. What do you hear? Traffic? Discussions on the latest gossip? People on the cellular phones that are trying to compete with the noise? Cursing and swearing? Or the radio / television of your neighbors? But do you hear the songs of praises the birds in the day sings for you, or the lullaby the insects orchestrate for you in the night?
Now smell the air. Exhausts? Odors you feel repulsive? Smell again. Concentrate this time. You will find the fragrance of the perfect blossom.
Focus your senses to your skin. Feel the heat? The humidity? But did you not also notice the breeze that is gently trying to cool you? Feel the frost of the winter, biting through all your insulation. Again feel the warmth that the sun is wrapping around you in a warm embrace. And the warmth that is already within you that your heart is circulating.
There is always comfort around us if you know where to look. There is too much distractions in this society. Focus your senses in the correct way and you will find a release.
Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.
Contemporary Latin Phrases
“Domino vobiscum.” – (The pizza guy is here.)
“Sharpei diem.” – (Seize the wrinkled dog.)
“Nucleo predicus dispella conducticus.” – (Remove foil before microwaving.)
“Bodicus mutilatimus, unemploymi ad infinitum.” – (Better take the nose ring out before the job interview.)
“Minutus cantorum, minutus balorum, minutus carborata descendum pantorum.” – (A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.)
“Motorolus interruptus.” – (Hold on, I’m going into a tunnel.)
“Revelare Pecunia!” – (Show Me The Money!)
“Ignoramus microsoftis multa pecunia dat.” – (Yeah, where DO I want to go today??)
“Nunc Tutus Exitus Computarus.” – (It’s Now Safe To Turn Off Your Computer.)
“Veni, Vidi, Velcro” – (I came; I saw; I stuck around.)
I no longer need to punish, deceive or compromise myself.
Unless, of course, I want to stay employed.
Guards escorted a handcuffed prisoner into the courtroom where I stood as the court deputy. “Is this a tough judge?” the prisoner asked the baliff.
The baliff replied, “A tough but fair judge.”
“Yeah?” continued the prisoner. “How tough?”
“The toughest judge since Pontius Pilate,” the baliff replied.
The prisoner answered, “I don’t know him. I’m not from around here.”
Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.
Henry Van Dyke
She said: I overheard my father telling a family friend about my newly-assigned mission in the U.S. Coast Guard. I work on a cutter that escorts all cruise ships and international vessels under the bridges in California’s Bay Area. But what my father told his friend was, “She’s involved in some sort of escort service.”
A recent survey done by marriage experts shows that the most common form of marriage proposal these days consists of the words:
Since he runs a pawnshop, I decided to ask a friend of mine to appraise my grandfather’s violin. “Old fiddles aren’t worth much, I’m afraid,” he explained.
“What makes it a fiddle and not a violin?” I asked.
“If you’re buying it from me, it’s a violin. If I’m buying it from you, it’s a fiddle.”
Nadine: They now say overeating is as unhealthy as smoking.
Jill: Yes, but no one ever died from second hand obesity.
Recently launched into the “real world” and shocked by the expenses that came with it, my brother was complaining about the high cost of auto insurance.
“If you got married,” teased my dad, “the premium would be lower.”
My brother smiled and said, “That would be like buying an airline just to get free peanuts.”
“There’s an old saying – There’s No Place Like Home. Well, I went in the house next door, and it was very, very similar.”
The other day I came home and was greeted by my wife dressed only in very sexy underwear and holding a couple of short velvet ropes.
“Tie me up,” she purred, “and you can do anything you want.”
So, I tied her up and went golfing.
The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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