Last week, one of my student’s gave me a beautiful little crystal paperweight. When I looked at it more closely after she left, I noticed what I thought was an imperfection within the clear crystal. Seeing as it’s the thought that counts, after all, I didn’t think much about it as I worked my way through stacks of papers on an overcrowded desk.
Today, I found it again, and I took a closer look. I noticed that the paperweight wasn’t a perfect cube as I had thought. One corner had been cut off, forming a kind of base. When I rested the paperweight on that corner and took a closer look I noticed that what I thought was the imperfection was in fact a beautifully crafted little underwater seascape!
Often life is like that. What looks like confusion or disappointment or bad news may simply be a limitation of our perspectives. When you look at life the right way, you can’t help but see the beauty. Don’t you think?
Jim Philipps (3rd millennium pilgrim)