Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. ~Jonathan Swift
How do you see people? Do you look at them, over them, through them, or into them? Perhaps, that alone is a question of faith. How deeply do you dare to look?
Sometimes what we see gets in the way of what we’re looking at. Yes, you read that correctly. Often we rarely see past our own assumptions. We are each vulnerable to being noticed. We know most people don’t get past the clothes on our backs or the expressions on our faces. The eyes only see a fraction of what is there…the heart sees the rest.
There are people who want to be the center of attention, others who wish to remain unnoticed, and those who enjoy mingling and getting to know others. Given the situation we might become all three of those types. We want to be seen until we are and don’t want to be. Or we don’t want to be seen until we aren’t and want to be. And so the story goes. Have you ever felt invisible, meaningless; like those in the room with you don’t know or care you’re there? We are put here to love and be loved by others. We can’t do that if we aren’t willing to see or be seen.
What is in your line of vision? Do you surpass all others in view of the object of your attention? It’s a human tendency to zero in on our subject and neglect all surplus matter. The perspective differs depending on whether you are the lens, the subject, or the surplus matter. The point is we are each important whether we realize it or not. Let someone know you see them. Show them they matter to you.
Do you see others the way you wish to be seen? People deal on all levels. Some are only interested in superfluous relationships or fair weather friends while others want more than acquaintances. Compassionate people generally peer into souls. They feel the weight of other people’s worlds.
It might not be so much what you see but the acknowledgment of your vision. There is a difference between being recognized and being known…it’s all about the relationship. You have the opportunity to look for God in every face you see. You have the power to validate someone’s existence with a smile, a touch, or a word.
I wish your day to be filled with beautiful encounters. May you encourage the downtrodden and strengthen the weak. May you be a positive influence and make a difference in someone’s life. Might your compassion be a light in this dark world. May your vision give another hope that no one journeys this world alone.
Sight is a faculty; seeing is an art. ~ George Perkins Marsh