….Can have a big impact on your life
Surrounded by suffering and tragedy as an aid worker in the late 1990’s, I would often get overwhelmed with the apparent futility and desperation of it all.
But during one late night, relaxing with other aid workers getting ‘philosophical’, a good friend commented that to keep sane and to make sense of it all, he would look at something small, really closely.
When was the last time that you really, really, really examined a leaf, a spiders web, a strawberry or the nest that a weaver bird makes, he asked me?
This ‘revelation’ completely changed the way that I looked at things. As a ‘grown up’ I had stopped noticing familiar things and I failed to appreciate the natural perfection and beauty that surrounds us all. Ask William, my boy, he finds interest in everything (see [intlink id=”849″ type=”post”]who tells children that flowers are weeds?[/intlink])
This realisation that there is a great deal of perfection and beauty in the world helped me put things into perspective. It also enables me to deal with those things that are far from perfect and people who have forgotten everything but their own despair.
Looking for the perfection that does exist in the things that surround us, keeps me going. Especially in the face of the apparent indifference or ignorance of the suffering endured by half the people on the planet, that would otherwise fill me with despair. It teaches me that actually there is some order in the world, amidst all the chaos, if only you make the time to look for it.
Sorry if I that is too ‘flowery’ for you!! You should try it though (go and grab a tomato!), incredible isn’t it? The wonder of something that has grown, compared to something that has been manufactured, makes a refreshing change in our overly technical world.