While washing the dishes today, I was straining to see if the dishes were clean. Finally after squinting through a couple rinses my daughter came in the kitchen to make herself a snack while telling me about her day. When I looked at her to listen to what she had to say, that’s when I realized the light wasn’t on over the sink. Once my daughter turned on the light, I could see everything more clearly.
How can we look at life with this silliness?
Sometimes we’re straining and struggling to see in an environment where the fix is something as simple as flipping a switch. First let’s note how it would have been a waste of energy to blame my own poor vision. So often we jump to attacking ourselves rather than the environment we’re in.
In this situation, taking my attention away from the task at hand is what ignited my realization. It wasn’t just some annoying distraction, it was my daughter who is a priority over the dishes. I want to hear what she has to say. So it was easy for me to disregard that task for a moment. So let’s think about this. It was a combination of my priorities and my daughter simply being herself that prompted me to realize my problem. She wasn’t there to solve the problem. I didn’t ask her how to solve the problem, the answer came to me naturally.
Maybe the way to realization is as simple as maintaining your values and priorates while inviting loved ones to just be themselves in your presence.
It might not solve everything but at least you’ll have someone there to listen to.