Look and See

We look around us every day as we go about our daily activities. But how often do we see? We pass by people, buildings, roads. But do we see that a person may need a smile, that the buildings are in disrepair, that turning down a road may lead to something new in our lives?

I try my best to look around and see what is happening in my surroundings: to see if there is someone who needs a smile, or a helping hand; or even to realise that someone I love needs a hug or a few kind words. If I am looking and seeing, I am able to offer my help without being asked. By being aware of my surroundings I am able to know what is going on in my family, in my classroom, and in my community.

However, there are days that I make the conscious effort not to see. Days during which I feel the need to look inside myself: either physically, emotionally, or spiritually. It is on those days that I would need a person to be looking; a person who would help to comfort or acknowledge what I am currently experiencing.

So often we look and do not see. Would our lives be different if we did?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

(Join me in the Five Minute Friday Challenge hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker. Participants write for 5 minutes with no editing, no over thinking, and no backtracking. This week’s prompt is: Look)

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23 thoughts on “Look and See

  1. Wow, great post Colline. If everyone looked and saw, the world would be a better place. For many, it is too hard to see – too troubling, painful, upsetting, overwhelming. If we really all saw the chaotic disorder in this world and all did something about it collectively, imagine what kind of a beautiful, loving and kind place the entire earth would be?

    I love that you added that there are days when other must look and see you, too! If the caregiver is the only one caring and taking care of others, overwhelm is the result. We all need to look after each other.

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  2. we wrote of very similar things…you expounded much more fully than I did…thanks for filling in even more of my thoughts here. blessings to you~

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  3. This reminds me of a story, when my children were little, my eldest daughter always asked questions, many, many questions. As we were driving around she would ask, who lives in that house, I would reply I don’t know, then the next house, who lives in that house, who is that lady over there, who’s car is that. She made us look and see, though we could never answer her questions.

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    1. As we get older we seem to hide that natural curiosity we had as children. It is a pity because if we kept it, we might make more of an effort to get to know the people living in those houses your daughter was asking about.

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      1. You could know all the people she asked about, it used to drive us nuts, really. It was every house she saw, all the time. Haha, It is funny to think about it, she was so driven to know, if you didn’t give her the answer she wanted, she would ask in a different way. How many ways can you say I don’t know. I am so glad she grew out of it. It is nice to look around, I do that because of my photography, my eyes are constantly looking for a image.

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