From the greatest to the smallest, every being, situation, and condition is a unique and perfect expression of Infinite Intelligence. As Human Beings, we often tend to think of things in dualistic terms—that is, we often quickly judge things to be “good” or “bad” (with varying degrees in between) from our own limited perspective. By being so quick to judge however, we limit ourselves to a much more narrow understanding of the circumstances and frequently overlook the hidden beauty or value that lies therein.
Take the experience of weather, for example. If two people awaken in the morning and look outside to discover that it’s raining, they might have two different perspectives on the situation. One might be grateful and happy. “Good”, he or she might think, “it’s been dry and we really need the rain”. “Darn,” the other might frown, “I was hoping to go swimming today and now my plans are ruined!”
It’s quite easy to understand both points of view—and both individuals are certainly entitled to their opinion. There is, however, another way to look at things. While one’s ego may tend to judge the rain solely in accord with its own wishes, a more understanding and balanced viewpoint might consider a much larger picture. A more perceptive person may not only accept his or her “self-serving” feelings, but consciously expand them to appreciate the fleeting beauty of the storm, accept it as a necessary part of a much greater natural cycle, and be grateful for the experience—exactly as it is.
While we might habitually complain about “this” or “that”, can you imagine how dismal and boring our world would be if things were always the same? With no winds or waves to shift the sands or stir the palm trees, even an idyllic tropical island would quickly lose its appeal . A constant humidity would rob the sky of its billowing clouds and its fiery, glowing sunsets. Finally, at a level temperature, both the beach and sea would seem hopelessly flat—neither having much to offer in contrast to the other.
As it is, Nature unfolds itself in perfect ways—each as glorious as the next in its radiant diversity. Instead of lying dormant and still, natural forces engage each other in an artful and flowing dance. They can’t help but surprise and delight us if we simply pause long enough to notice, observe, and embrace their infinite wonders. With just a moments’ extra attention and a slight shift of perspective, we are suddenly capable of experiencing our world in new and mysterious ways. Colors somehow seem brighter, sounds have more resonance, and we feel a much greater connection to and appreciation for our own eternal essence.
Just as the abrasive actions of a rock tumbler coax shine and brilliant color from the heart of an ordinary stone, so too do the trials and tribulations of life reveal the greatest character of a Human Being. It is only through the experience and process of overcoming these difficulties that we are able to find an enduring grace within—and allow it to reflect back on our world. One has only to look past the course outer shell of humankind to realize that its grandest potential lies just beneath the surface.
So let’s all work together to develop a new habit—one in which we seek and discover the beauty that is so cleverly hidden within the nature of all things!
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