Monday, November 5, 2012

Seeing the Obvious

I was sitting in the Salt Lake airport a few years back, working on something-or other while waiting for a flight to somewhere-or-other, when someone standing by the window made one of those surprised noises and a group of people moved quickly to join him. It wasn't immediately clear what they saw, but whatever it was, they were clearly excited about it.

What was going on? Was there a problem? I paused my work to watch and listen for clues. I learned this was a bunch of optometrists in town for a conference, and they were looking at the mountains -- the same mountains that have been standing strong and beautiful in that spot for many, many years; the same mountains that I had taken for granted and learned to ignore.

I looked beyond the group and beyond the windows to the mountains in the distance. They really are beautiful.

Sometimes it takes someone coming in fresh to "fix" my vision so I can see what has been there all along.

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