By Joanne Klassen
We see things not as they are
but as we are. (The Talmud)
Four-year-old Joey is more interested in action than art. He’d rather ride his bike fast or race cars on an imaginary speedway. Still, he created a large yellow, blue, and brown portrait of his mum that he held with pride at his school’s Mother’s Day parade.
When I showed a photo of Joey’s art to Joey’s seven-year-old cousin, Ben, he said, “That’s very good work. It looks like George Washington.”
Although the adults chuckled, and this story may be repeated in the family for years, what stays with me is something deeper, “a pearl of great price.” We all saw the same art with different eyes.
Ben’s honest, unbridled appreciation of his younger cousin’s creation and his affirmation of Joey helped me see and celebrate the excellence he saw.
How often do I see only a fraction of the beauty in others and our limitless world? I want to hang on to the joyful energy of Ben’s spontaneous appreciation as I move through the day ahead.
With wide-open eyes, I look deeply and appreciate
the beauty and excellence that surround me.
© Joanne Klassen 2016
Appreciate was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.
Biography –Joanne Klassen
Author and Heartspace founder, Joanne began facilitating personal development programs in 1975. Her career and life changed in 1998 when she received a vision for Transformative Life WritingTM which is now offered to teens, adults and seniors around the world. Joanne’s ideal day includes writing, singing to a baby, visiting thrift shops and walking along the river with her husband Ted in Winnipeg, Canada.