Ignore the giant, step towards the beauty

archI just finished my daily wog (half walk, half jog) through the park.  On the homestretch, as I jogged past a garden springing fresh with colorful blossoms, a little girl, maybe three-years-old, stepped directly in front of me.  She was drawn to the beauty of the flowers, totally oblivious to this giant—nearly ten times her body weight—barreling down on her from the other direction.

Fortunately, my motor skills are slightly more developed than hers, and I was able to correct my path, and all remained well with her world, a place of mesmerization with beauty, and of isolation from a preoccupation with danger.

As I now return to my desk, to my research and work, I realize that I have a similar opportunity, a similar choice.  I can either dwell in a place of worry about the dangers I see barreling towards me in the form of unfunded budget needs, looming deadlines, and need.  Or I can focus on the opportunities that await me on the other side of an inquiry, inside an unopened email, an unheard voicemail, and an unwritten request.

On my way home, I jogged through the archway pictured above, and its combination of light and shadow equally compelled me further.  Home.

This life is a gift in which lumbering giants and blooming gardens coexist with light and shadow. Indeed they surround us on all sides.

But today, once again, the wisdom of a child guides my vision and my sense of enchantment.

As I take another step.

5 comments for “Ignore the giant, step towards the beauty

  1. Billie Jo
    April 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm


  2. April 30, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Nice! Great to be reminded to give our attention to the things that matter in life … and not so much on the stress, worries and looming deadlines! Thanks

  3. April 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    The idea of a ‘wog’ created a smile and a picture in my heart. The little one enjoying all that Father has created for us who will look even in the time of an approaching ‘giant’ added to the picture. In our hearts we all are desiring to look and appreciate all Father does even if there might be a giant bearing down. He protects. Thank you for the reminder in word and with the picture of light and shadow that we walk in so often.

  4. suzy from Africa
    May 1, 2013 at 11:24 am

    YOU sir are a GIANT in my world. Not in the physical state but in the way you and your writings impact my heart and life. ALWAYS drawing me forward and upward towards higher purpose. Your gentle soul leads me to the Lord in ever increasing measure. CAN’T wait until you get back home in Africa and we have a cup of tea together. Suzy

  5. Shae
    May 2, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Nice, reading just this short story has helped me feel a little better aboutmy own trials today, and have a different outlook for tomorrow. I’ll be reading your comments more often in the future. I Hope every day is a gift full of surprises for you. goodnight friend.

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