Dragonflies, Water Lilies and Seeing

Dragonfly and water lily: Photo by David Nurse

Good Morning, God!

My brother has a wonderful eye and seems particularly interested in dragonflies. He pointed out that we could see (on top of the flower) the dragonfly’s double wings against the dark green of the lily pad.

So we can! I’m glad he pointed that out, God, because I’m sure I would have missed it. I would have been looking at the flower and maybe wondered what that “mar” on the flower was. Hmm.

We see what we are accustomed to seeing. I’m in the habit of looking at flowers — not dragonflies. I can SEE flowers — even driving by, I notice them. This makes sense, I suppose. After all, there are millions of bits of data whizzing by us every hour or maybe every minute! We have to “choose” what we “see.” I suppose, God, that we only see what somehow is indexed as “important” to us.

Then, too, we humans seem to specialize in particular Senses. Kit has wonderful hearing. He appreciates music far more than I do — because he hears nuances. On the other hand, I see better than he does. I am the Finder in the family. Last night he asked, “Where is my second coffee Thermos?” It took me a several minutes, but I found it.

Finding isn’t just about Seeing. It is also about Expecting to Find what we are looking for. Expectations, Assumptions, and Sensory Aptitudes all combine and conspire to make us unique. Now, God, if ONLY we could UNDERSTAND AND VALUE OUR DIFFERENCES!  Ah, God! You must LOVE diversity! Loving All Creatures, Great and Small — loving us. Thank You!

Story teller,

Posted in Diversity, Flowers, Hearing, seeing, web of life

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