What aren’t you seeing?


in Happiness,Personal Growth

Halo through the treesI asked him if he had seen the sun lately.

He looked at me quizzically as he handed back my cash. His teenaged face said it all – this lady’s a wacko for sure.

“Well, yeah,” he said. “I’ve been in and out all day.”

“So you’ve seen it, then?”

“The sun?” he asked, forehead wrinkling in puzzlement.

At this point, I’m pretty sure he wanted me to go away. Sooner rather than later.

I whipped out my phone and pointed at the screen.

“Yes, the sun!” I showed him the images I had captured. “Isn’t it amazing??”

By now, I was holding up the line. And, the cashier didn’t mind. Neither did the people behind me who hadn’t seen it either.

A gorgeous circular band encompassing the sun. A golden ring of light. A halo.

Brilliant. Miraculous. Captivating.

Hanging in the sky for all to see. Within plain sight.

Yet, almost no one saw – including me.

If my mother hadn’t called and asked me to look up, I would have missed the glowing band altogether. I was so focused on what was in front of my nose. My tasks, my chores, my appointments. The traffic, my child’s endless requests, what to have for dinner (as usual).

I didn’t see anything.

Which begs the question … what other things might we all be missing?

When we fail to look up. Down. Around. Inside.

When we fail to take a moment to sit with what is.

When we fail to notice.

What might be seen if we looked, took a moment, noticed?

The brilliant possibilities.

The miraculous chances.

The captivating opportunities.

Look around you. Are there things hanging in plain sight waiting for you to see them?

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Callahan McDonough, LCSW June 19, 2013 at

Lovely Andrea, will be ‘brilliant possibility’ focused day long. Peace.


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