"Discovery is not the things you plan to see, but the things you happen to see because you’re there."
I heard somebody say this the other morning on tv while I was getting ready for work. It struck me. Once again, I was taken by the moment. I know they probably didn’t think it was so profound, but I did. It made me stop, grab a pen and paper, and write it down as best as I could remember it.
As I pondered it, I thought, it’s really all about "showing up." That faithfulness seems a bit undervalued in our culture. We don’t have to "be there." We can send an email, have a conference call, videotape the event or fax the facts. And although all that technology can really come in handy at times, it’s not the same as being there. There is no substitute for our five senses when it comes to really living. I can read about something that was communicated but if I am there in person, I can hear the tone of voice and the passion (or apathy) that it was spoken with. It makes a difference. I can hear about the needs of people desperate from hunger, disease or the effects of natural disasters, but if I see them, hear them and talk to them firsthand, my heart becomes engaged.
My older daughter can call me and tell me what time she dances, what song they’re dancing to and how long it will last. Although that fills me in on a few of the details of her life, it is nothing compared to being there in person to watch her dance, feel her smile, see her eyes sparkle, hear the cheers of the crowd, or hug her afterwards. That is why, as much as possible, I try to be there. Not only do I get to experience the event, but if anything else "happens," I get to be an eyewitness. Words, then, are not needed to explain what the heart has grasped hold of. All of us have experienced those times when we try to communicate a series of events or retell a funny incident, only to end with the phrase, "I guess you had to be there!"
I want to be the kind of person who not only "shows up," but also delights in discovery. I want to "happen to see," exactly what I’m supposed to see because I’m wholly there. I don’t want to be absent when I’m present. Though I don’t always love surprises… I think I could enjoy them more by looking for what I could discover. I want to keep my eyes and my heart open so that I can "happen to see" and experience all the "moments" that make life special!
What about you? Do you want to discover something new? I encourage you to venture out… away from the comfort of the parameters you’ve set for your life or your heart. Who knows… you may discover real treasure!
Discovering With You,