Helen Keller had an unusual perspective for someone who’d been deaf and blind since the age of two.
She noticed things that, for most, seem insignificant – “I, who cannot see,” she said, “find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf. I pass my hands lovingly about the smooth skin of a silver birch or the rough shaggy bark of a pine.
“I feel the delightful velvety texture of a flower and discover its remarkable convolutions and something of the miracle of nature is revealed to me…At times, my heart cries out, longing to see these things. But if I can get so much pleasure in mere touch, how much more beauty must be revealed by sight?”
Blindness didn’t hinder Helen’s ability to see at all, did it? In fact, I think it enhanced her sight. She had the ability to see, as one observer put it, “the fine grained texture of everyday life…”
She understood and appreciated “the mystery of the ordinary.”
What extraordinarily ordinary things are you missing today, as you hurry about your life?
Today’s Peace of Wisdom can be found in stopping to notice the little things.