Monday, December 5, 2016

The Gift of Seeing

The Mystery within...
“The whole of life lies in the verb seeing.”  Teilhard de Chardin

I turned on my television Saturday night just as Frank Capra’s classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” was ending.  I heard guardian angel, Clarence, tell George Bailey he had been given a great gift--that of seeing what the town of Bedford Falls would have become had he not been born.  Without George’s kind, compassionate presence in Bedford falls, Mr. Potter, the well-off unscrupulous banker had free reign to devalue the people and their town. Seeing this alternative outcome without his influence turned George Bailey’s desperation to end his life into a joyous celebration for it.  Seeing George, his family and Bedford falls celebrate their joy, made my eyes over flow.

Another gift of seeing is beautifully written in Isabel Wilkerson’s historical account of America’s black migration north in search of work and freedom from Jim Crow laws in “The Warmth of Other Suns.”  Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, is one of three people through whom Wilkerson relates this previously unacknowledged immigration story within America.  She says of Ida Mae:

“ She has big searching eyes that see the good in people despite the evil she has seen…”

“She had a way of looking past the outer layer of people and seemed to regard everyone she met with a kind of searching intensity, as if this were the first person she had ever seen…”

“She was too good natured to waste energy disliking them no matter what they did but looked upon them as a curiosity she might never comprehend.  She learned to give them the benefit of the doubt but not be surprised at anything involving them.  This alone probably added decades to her life.”

What if we learned the life giving energy of gifted seeing more often? 

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