Saturday, October 16, 2021

Watch and be amazed.


My father has a physical therapy appointment every Friday with a lovely therapist named Irene.  She puts Dad through his balance exercises (balance is everything!) and then takes him out for a walk with his Rollator.  Here he is in front of the house yesterday.  He asked me to draw a nose and lips onto his mask.  I added the handlebar mustache and he approved.  My Dad is a fun guy to be around!

You just watch him and you'll be amazed.

This line is actually a quote from him.  Last week during physical therapy, he insisted on getting down the front steps using his rollator.  Normally, he is supposed to use his cane and never alone.  But Dad told Irene to "just watch and be amazed."

And she was amazed.

He got down the four steps without incident--laughing and quite proud of himself. 

We just watched and we were amazed.

Yes, when you're 97, walking down the steps with the rollator can be amazing.  

It's really a matter of perspective, isn't it?

This week I would like you to practice being amazed.  Amazement doesn't necessary mean you need to do a a tightrope walk across the Niagara River Gorge like the French tightrope walker, Charles Blondin. 

Amazement comes from the unexpected.  It can be something small and seemingly insignificant.  It's your choice to find the source of amazement.  So this week, why not surprise yourself and others by doing something out of character.  If you're the kind of person who never gets up on stage, well then by golly--get up on stage!  If you're the kind of person who is "an indoor cat" (as I am) surprise and amaze everyone by getting out in nature.  If you think you're not good with numbers, start by looking at your checkbook and organize your finances.  Think of this as a fun challenge.

The point is to act out of character.  It's like yoga for the mind.  It stretches you so that you see your life in an entirely new way.  Open up your heart, your mind and your creativity will follow.  Finally, I want you to look around at your own ordinary life and then look again.  You'll find that there are sources of amazement right in front of you.  It's all a matter of perspective. 

Watch and be amazed, my friend!



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