It has occurred to me in the past few days, perhaps not for the first time, that this whole being “with” that I am trying to step outside of my comfort zone and embrace, it will take a different set of eyes. People, including myself, don’t always tell folks when they need help or a hug or a listening ear. It’s just not that easy, is it?
I saw a video clip at Evening Prayer last night that spoke to me. I hope it will inspire you as well. Not easy, but “this is water.” This is a graphic version of a commencement speech that David Foster Wallace wrote and gave at Kenyon College in 2005. It rings so true for me–especially the grocery store stress–the fluorescent lights, and I inevitably get the wonky grocery cart. It also made me think of Mr. Al whom I met at the store last week. I am thankful for that quiet voice within that told me to stop and be with…..if only for a few minutes. Thank you, my pastorfriend, for enlightening us by sharing this with us last night.
It reminded me of a video I saw on a friend’s page a few weeks ago. (I’m sorry, I can’t remember exactly who, but thank you!) It is a different way of presenting a similar message, and it would be really hard to live like this every moment of every day. However, I think the point is that while we can’t help everyone we can start with ONE. And that it’s not all about us. We just need to start opening our eyes and our hearts. Right? If you see it differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I am due for an eye appointment and checkup. I think I need new lenses–the better to see you…..with.