Witness The Spectacular! Are You Missing Out On This?

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How much of life do we miss out on by not paying attention? How much do we dismiss in an ordinary moment that can suddenly turn as extraordinary as a rainbow making a sudden appearance?

Are you witness to the spectacular? Or are you missing out?

We witness only what we are prepared to see.

We witness only what we are prepared to see.

Blink, and you miss it! How many times have you heard that?
Yet, if we’re not paying attention, we really do miss out on a lot.

The Witness Perspective

In order to witness to anything, it means that you have:

  • a certain level of awareness.
  • exercised your observation skills.
  • taken time to notice what’s going on.

Why is this important? Because this level of attention can inform you about things within yourself, or around you, that need changing.

Also, for example, if you’re asked to witness a signature on a document, your personal presence in the moment and the gift of your attention are needed.

Personal perspective also comes into play. Police arrive on the scene of an accident, and every witness relates what they have seen from their particular vantage point.

I was stopped at an intersection once, and a man called 9-1-1 to report that I had struck a lady with my vehicle. He started yelling at me for being careless and not to move because police and ambulance have been called. An elderly lady lay sprawled in front of my bumper. Of course, I wasn’t going to move the car.

From the angle he was standing at, he was convinced he was right. But when police and ambulance arrived, the lady told them she had slipped and fallen and confirmed that I had not, in fact, harmed her at all.

The Character Of A Witness

People in positions of trust are called upon to make witness of events, such as public notaries, bank officials, people swearing to an affadavit.

When a witness is called to court, their character is called into question if their testimony does not jive with the facts or it’s quite obvious that they’re committing perjury.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld said,

Perfect valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.

Witnessing Change In Your Life

Mahatma Gandhi said,

“Be the change you want to see in the world.

This, too, speaks to one’s character.

It’s pretty hard to be the change if you lack the witnessing skills of intentional noticing and undivided attention. Why is this important? Because you won’t recognize when changes from within are necessary. If you ever hope to witness real change in your life, it is necessary to pay attention.

It’s also difficult to behold beauty or attest to the truth if we simply zoom through life unaware. None of us were given the gift of life to live on the sidelines.

Being true to who you are is also very important. Whittaker Chambers said,

A witness, in the sense that I am using the word, is a man whose life and faith are so completely one that when the challenge comes to step out and testify for his faith, he does so, disregarding all risks, accepting all consequences.

I say,

Who will testify to Love? Can I get a witness?

Witnessing The Spectacular!

I call this writing ‘Witnessing.’ I hope it inspires you. Enjoy! 🙂

The Maker did summon myriads of unearthly congregation to behold a prophecy draped in the metaphysical. A flutter of wings emanates from the crevices, as each one egresses and flies headlong into the rising wonder. They appear instantaneously from measureless climes.“Before the beginning is what comes before first”
“The loading has begun…” declared the Maker
“It is one of the finest things in all of creation to behold.”The onlookers carefully watch in wordless awe, knowing full well what they were about to descry…As the fullness of the glories burst, sweeping across the indigo canvas in the place where wonders never cease, an unseen hand stretched out an endless strand of gleaming pearls, and, as if by magic, did remove one from its provenance.Hovering without breaking, was a golden orb… now held in time and space…
So too, the onlookers were transfixed, floating on layers only mysteries deep…
Witnessing the majesty of the Makers keep
Unfolding in the ever vacuous, ethereal silence…

Eventually it trickled down, through a radiant explosion of ultraviolet hues
The Voice like thunder rippled into the atmosphere
Everyone on earth heard it simultaneously…

“Mere mortals of the earth…
You now bear witness to the birth…
Behold the risen, healing sun
Another day has just begun… Enjoy it!”

Let’s all remember… Life is not a spectator sport.

For the acronym buffs, I define WITNESS as …
When I Truly Notice Everything Spiritually Significant

I Look Forward To Hearing What YOU Have To Say…

How often do you witness the extraordinary in the so-called ordinary?

What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever witnessed?

Please share your stories, thoughts and insights here.

Thank you kindly!

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William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

52 thoughts on “Witness The Spectacular! Are You Missing Out On This?

  1. Hi Bill,

    You are absolutely right about paying intentional attention to witness the spectacular. I don’t know how many times I have missed such things. I guess, countless. From my very nature, I don’t pay attention to the details so much. I have always been more of a “bottom line guy” than someone who pays much attention to the details and that has been something I have to consistently work very hard to change. I am still a “work in progress” in that aspect.

    Enjoyed your post and some awesome quotations. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Hi Kumar,
      I appreciate your perspective. I think the more we witness, the more grateful we become. I don’t know if you’ve ever read The Noticer by Andy Andrews, but in it, Jones notices things that others overlook, and most of those are hidden in plain sight.
      One of the most powerful things he says (on P.130) is, “We need to start noticing things… We need to check your heart. We need to gather a little perspective.”

      Of course, we all are the Jason he is talking to. We all need to check our heart. I agree with you. We are all a work in progress.

      Best Regards,

  2. We might define an artist as ‘one who witnesses the extraordinary in the so called ordinary’ and it is probably hard to be an artist without having spiritual consciousness, no matter what the belief system. The most interesting thing I have ever witnessed was the birth of my son
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    • Hi Paul,
      Great point! My neighbor is a professional artist and it takes a really keen sense of observation, and as you say, spiritual consciousness, to portray reality. I witnessed the birth of my daughter. I cannot think of anything yet that matches the experience.
      I appreciate you taking the time to visit. Have a great day!

  3. It’s so true that we need to look around and notice miracles in our life more. And really who doesn’t want to see more rainbows and fewer grey, cloudy skies!

    As a writer I know that perspective and point of view make all the difference. Different characters and people look at the same event in totally different ways. And what a boring world it would be if that were not the case.

    • Hi Pat,
      Welcome! I hadn’t considered boredom when I was writing this post, but I agree with you. If we all saw things from the same perspective, there would be nothing new to witness. I write on the side as well, and I know that weaving stories together from various perspectives makes a story fascinating. Thanks for stopping in. 🙂

      Have a great day!

  4. Sometimes we are so busy and focused we don’t notice the spectacular things around us. Taking a walk with a young child is a great way to be reminded of the beauty and magic around us. They notice things we walk right by.
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    • Hi Donna,
      Thanks for that beautiful reminder… to see the wondrous through the eyes of a child. Everything seems so much bigger and children come up with some very innocent observations.

      All the best!

  5. It’s hard for people to be witnesses when they are so self absorbed or looking down while they are checking their FB, tweet, linked in statuses or just texting. So much of the world is passing people by because they think they are too busy to stop, enjoy the scenery, and smell the roses. I like your writing style

    • Greetings Jay,
      I agree with you. I think that honoring others with your presence is the best gift you can give others when you’re in their presence. We live completely surrounded by mountains and I take time every day to enjoy the blessings of beauty we have here. I wouldn’t miss it. Even with all this beauty, I’m sure there are people that tune it out as they rush from place to place. Thanks for the compliment. 🙂

      All the best!

  6. Being aware of the beauty of ordinary life experiences and it’s quiet beauty means we need to be in the moment. That said many times when we are asked to recount what we had experienced, we usually will recant the emotions that we felt at that time, not so much the facts of the event. It does take being present to really understand the difference between both.

    You ask a great question… hum… there are so many things. The beauty of each day would be my answer. 🙂
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    • Hi Susan,
      I agree with you. We only experience life in the now, including all that any moment can offer, such as beauty.
      I think love is a lot like what you’re describing. Many people go with the feeling of it, but it is also a state of being. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. 🙂

      Kind Regards,

  7. Mary Stephenson says:

    Hi Bill

    I now enjoy the morning sun creeping across the hills, with all its glorious golden colors. I missed that when I had to leave early in the morning for a job. I enjoy the double rainbows which drape over the hills in the late afternoon rain. The beauty of the hummingbirds out my kitchen window as they drink from the feeder.

    As for the witnessing of other things such as a crime and to identify a person. That to me is scary, because if you get it wrong it can cause someone a huge problem. How many are in prisons today for murder and yet are not the one who did it? You hear of cases that someone has been locked up for 20 years because they just happen to look so much like the criminal and then also happened to be at the wrong place or have no alibi. That saddens me to the point I would rather say “I think” but not 100% sure.


    • Ah, Mary, your words read like poetry dancing across the landscape of the heart. 🙂
      We have hummingbirds that live here all year too. They are really marvelous creatures.

      Witnessing crime… yes, that’s the reality of the world we live in. I just read that there are 9 nine people in the world who look exactly like you and the chance of meeting that person in 6%. Mistaken identity is something else. I worked in the Police Dept. when my grandfather went missing. I was answering 9-1-1 calls that people claimed they saw him (as shown on TV.) Unfortunately it wasn’t him. His body was found 6 months later hundreds of miles away in a river.

      I like the work that The Innocence Project and other similar organizations are doing to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. I think you’re right to err on the side of caution. Thanks Mary. I always lie what you have to say. 🙂

      Have a nice weekend!

  8. Bill,

    Every time I come to your blog, you get me thinking! That is a wonderful thing.

    Witnessing the awe of life is all around us at every moment. All we have to do is gaze out the window, take a walk and be in harmony with our surroundings. There are “wonders” all around us that we do take for granted.

    Witnessing is being in the moment at one with something. What comes to mind is the ordinary day and stopping to watch something. David and I were coming home from errands and passed by a horse farm. There were huge horses there (like police horses) but they were acting like dogs, playing…romping around. We stopped the car and just stood there and watched them. We felt blessed to be in that moment in the middle of the day to see that wonder of life.

    It may sound like such a small thing, but small things are wonderful!

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    • Hi Donna,
      That’s awesome that you were able to take the time to enjoy the horses. 🙂 We have neighbors that have wiry sheep and llamas, horses and donkeys. Being surrounded by beauty, one can easily slip into the mindset of never giving it notice, of taking it all for granted. Nature provides us not only with beauty, but so many life lessons too.

      I like how you’ve expressed that… Witnessing is being in the moment at one with something. I’ve heard that the word atonement means “at-one”-ment. Pay attention to beauty, truth and goodness make up for all the bad we see in the world.

      Have an incredible weekend!

  9. There are so many things in nature that are marvelous. But we don’t have enough time to pay attention on nature’s coolness. We puzzle in our daily routine life and don’t show interest in these things.

    • Greetings Kailash,
      Yes, that’s human nature. The question is.. How much of life do we truly experience if we do not take time to witness its beauties? … if we just go through life on auto-pilot? … if we are self-absorbed and stuck in little routines?

      Kind Regards,

  10. Personally witness and pay attention to the spectacular insights I get. But it’s true that we don’t always pay attention to what happens around us. Mainly because we are thinking of something else. An accident and ten witnessess with different accounts of what happened is a great example of that.
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    • Hi Catarina,
      You’re right. With so much technology consumption, and advertising grabbing for our attention, it’s a wonder we witness anything at all. It’s a huge distraction. But, it is there if we care to notice. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping in. Have a great weekend!

  11. Hi friend,

    You have perfect thoughts and knowledge about witness spectacular. I have no idea about this subject but read your post and understood.
    And Knowing the beauty of normal life experiences and it’s quiet beauty means we should be inside moment.
    Thanks for wonderful post.

    • Hi Manoj,
      Welcome! The post simply means that if we do not pay attention to the beauty in life, we miss it.
      Being intentional and being in the moment is how. You’re very welcome!

      Kind Regards,

  12. My experience has been that lots of writers are great observers. Sometimes folks think that we writers can be self-absorbed. Maybe sometimes we’re just observing 🙂 But I think the kind of imagination that grows from observation has to be encouraged. Look up from your cell phone just long enough to he cloud that just spun into a lion. Sometimes I find new beauty in a painting I’ve owned and has hung on my wall for years!
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    • Hi Jacquie,
      I agree with you. People make a lot of assumptions about what someone else is doing. That’s why there is so much misunderstanding. I write and also write songs. I listen intently for little snippets of conversation that can be used in a song. Likewise, as you’ve said, I also observe my surroundings to be used in writing.
      Yes, taking even a few moments from one’s normal routine can make a huge difference. Thanks for contributing!

  13. Hey Bill,

    Well you know I’m just blessed to have another day on this earth so I see the beauty in everything. I love walking out every morning to take my dog and just look at the sky, the greenery of the trees and of course my sweet dog sniffing around to find that perfect spot.

    I have my Mom living next door to me so walking in her door several times a day and seeing her there gives me such pleasure because I don’t know how much longer I’ll get to do that before God decides it’s time for her to go home.

    I’ve watched the children at M.D. Anderson who were going through treatment walk the halls thinking this is just normal to them so it’s times like these that you just learn to appreciate life and be blessed for where you are.

    I may not appreciate every single thing at every given moment but I do more often than I don’t Bill. Thank you for this beautiful message and for sharing it with us this week.

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy what there is to witness!

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    • Hey Adrienne,
      Like you, we take time every day to get out immerse ourselves in the beauty we are surrounded by.
      Speaking of your Mom, I’ll bet she has witnessed many changes in her life. I remember meeting my grandfather on my mother’s side when I was 16. He had experienced both World Wars, went from horse-drawn milk wagons to seeing rockets launched at Cape Canaveral.
      I spent a couple of years, watching alongside my best friends, losing their daughter to cancer at 8 years old.
      It’s a horrible disease, and it reminds me to absorb the beauty every day has to offer.

      Yes, we will enjoy, thank you! Have a wonder-filled weekend too! 🙂

  14. Hi William; this is my first visit to your site. I came here from the bloggrs helping bloggers group. This is a very thoughtful post. I love your quotes. And I think it was important that you mentioned we all have to take the responsibility of actively watching or listening in my case as i am a totally blind person. Keep up the great work, max
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    • Hi Maxwell,
      Welcome here! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I’ve just begun reading your blog, and I appreciate you. There are many sighted people who are doing much less than yourself to be successful. I have two friends that are blind, as well as my soon to be son-in-law. I wish you great and continued success in all your enedeavors. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

      Kind Regards,

  15. You are right, life is not a spectator sport. What a great reminder to be present in the moment and take notice of the wonders going on around us.
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    • Hi Jen,
      Welcome! As with so many other things in life, we can all do just a little better if we sit up and take notice.
      I appreciate you taking time to stop in here. Enjoy your weekend!

  16. I think that it is interesting how little people notice of what goes on around them. We did an experiment with our Girl Scout troop where we had one of the dads dress up and run through the room. (We didnt’ tell them who it was at first), and their descriptions of him were wildly innacurate all around. Literally if it had been a crime scene there would have been no way in the world to identify him correctly.
    So, it doesn’t surprise me that people don’t notice what’s in front of them day in and day out.
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    • Hi Haley,
      You’re so right on with this. Little children are caught up in their own little world. Perhaps not noticing what adults see and perceive is the secret to their innocence. All they do is get caught up in the rising wonder and ask the magic question… WHY? Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated!

  17. I have always been more of an experience than materialistic kind of person. Experiences allow you to create memories. And sometimes things that seem so insignificant at the time end up being cherished memories.

    I remember one time I was camping with my family. The weather was perfect, the river my feet were in was crystal clear and refreshingly cold, and the beer in my hand was even colder. It was to me a perfect moment. A beautiful place, with the people I love, enjoying something I love to do….nothing. But I am happy I was there in the moment to witness and take in the situation.
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    • Hi Johnny,
      You’ve perfectly described what it means to be “in the moment” and I’m glad you experienced it. Sometimes that’s all it takes to witness the spectacular, to step away from the busyness and do what is important to you.
      Every memory bears witness to facets of life experience. It’s how we interpret them that give them meaning.

      Kind Regards,

  18. As a lawyer, I am very aware that different witnesses can see very different things and all honestly believe they are testifying truthfully. As in the case of the guy who thought you hit the woman, we sometimes subconsciously fill in missing pieces of information from our general experience.
    I have one memory I purposefully created. At the small, rural, New England college I attended, I had a job “guarding” the Language Center. One evening, I finished my shift at sunset. Walking back to my dorm, I heard the carillon and the golden sunlight was slanting through the autumn colored trees. Other than the bells, it was very still. I felt great peace and awe at the beauty of the scene and told myself, “You must remember this”. To this day, I can summon it to my mind’s eye when I need to calm myself.
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    • Hi Suzanne,
      I agree with you about court witnesses. I worked in court administration for many years.
      I love how you used your creative imagination to behold beauty at will. A fantastic image!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience. Have a great weekend!

  19. Interesting post, Bill. As a writer, I tend to be highly observant to details as that’s how and where I find my best stories– in the little moments that may be special and meaningful, but go unnoticed if we’re too rushed or distracted.
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    • Hi Doreen,
      I think much of life is contained in the little moments. I do much the same as you… observe as much as possible. Otherwise, we also miss out on life itself.

      Kind Regards,

  20. I am trying to be more aware of the things around me. I feel like I am missing the little signs and things along the way.
    My child (4yrs) is however helping me with that. The way he sees thing, the perspective and utter awe. There is something to learn through him.
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  21. Wow, Bill, both the message and your writing talent are sublimely powerful. Well done. Observing life around us is so important yet how many of us rush through life missing the rainbows.

    Your story about being accused of hitting a woman with your car is very scary. I’m glad you weren’t the victim of s scam! Thank goodness the woman was honest (and okay!).
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    • Hi Carolyn,
      I’m so glad you like my writing. Yes, I see this all the time. Because we live in a beautiful area nestled by mountains, a lot of people rush into town and never witness the beauty. I refuse to take any of this for granted.

      As to the woman falling, the guy was convinced of what he had seen. It’s amazing how we interpret what sometimes we think we see.

      Kind Regards,

  22. Hi Bill,

    So many things are beautiful and just ordinary and everyone missing them or find them so ordinary that it becomes irrelevant to them. One thing I find amazing and spectacular beauty in is clouds. Having just returned from flying from Trinidad, I am always amazed and love looking out at the clouds as we fly. No one else seems to see them or care about them. They’re just clouds, but I see amazing designs, animals, people and it seems to me you could always go walking in a wintry wonder land of beauty. Clouds amaze me in their beauty. You’re so right that the beauty of small things are so often missed.

    Great article and very thought provoking.
    Love it.
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    • Hi Barbara,
      Wow! I’ve yet to witness the beauty of Trinidad, but lucky for me, I have a friend who has extended an open invitation to go whenever we wish. I too witness the beauty in the seemingly ordinary. It is so spiritually refreshing and adds so much to living.
      Thanks for your kind words. Much appreciated.

  23. Hey Bill,

    On the road to our destination, sometimes we miss the turn.

    As I was reading, I had a funny memory that sprung up. Me and my mom decided to take a highway from Arkansas to Mississippi to my grandmothers house. Now this highway was a straight shot. At least I thought it was. As we were driving, somewhere within Arkansas we missed a turn. Instead of going to Mississippi, we were headed towards Missouri. How did that happened? I just wasn’t paying attention LOL

    But yes, sometimes we miss a turn, or overlook this special things in our lives. There’s divinity and beauty in everything around us. If we just stop and let ourselves notice these surroundings around us and within us, I do believe this will help us become a lot less stressed out over the things in our everyday lives.

    Thanks for this great share Bill!
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    • Hi Sherman,
      Thanks for sharing your travel story. It’s sometimes when we get off track, lost, or otherwise misguided, that we witness some extraordinary thing. Almost like a divine calling that pulls us out of the way from our usual, ordinary way to see and experience something we’ve never partaken of before. Ah, yes. I like how you’ve said that… divinity and beauty in everything around us. That’s what I’m talking about. 😉 Especially seeing what beauty lies within. You’re very welcome Sherman. I appreciate you!

      Thanks for taking time to share.

  24. Hi Bill,

    Very late in the game here as I’m only starting to visit blogs again now.

    I think that witnessing change in our life, is one of the most important things we need to be on alert for. I’ve gone through tremendous changes in my life, but the most radical change that I’ve experienced within was when I turned 40. There was a click that happened in me and I took one of the most important decisions of my life at that time.
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    • Hi Sylviane,
      You’re never too late here. 🙂 I hope things are better for you.

      You’ve observed something that I had not considered, and that is when we witness milestones in our lives…
      especially how we create attachments to them and derive meaning from the changes we observe.


  25. Hey Mr. Bill.
    Awesome post. Loved it. Itz so weird when people brush off the smallest intricate details. Great quotes. One will be grateful indeed when he appreciates the small things or details. God bless.

    • Welcome Preethi!
      So glad you enjoyed the article. You’re spot on with what you’re saying. Being witness to life’s small things is what makes life great. 🙂 God bless you too! Thank you kindly. 🙂

  26. Ya know Bill, when I was growing up, I had an uncle who always looked down at the ground when he walked. My mom use to say how lucky he was because he was always finding money and things. For years I walked with my head down, mostly I think because I was sad and ashamed of who I was. As I grew older and learned to love myself, I learned to walk with my head high. Ya know? I missed a lot all those years. I see so much beauty now and it overjoys me. Loved this post – it put a smile on my face. Except the whole car incident. That could’ve turned out messy for sure. Have a great weekend. Lisa
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    • Hi Lisa,
      A number of years ago, I wrote a song about a homeless woman who shuffled along sidewalks with her head hung down. I empathize with how you felt shame. For the longest time I did as well, and I certainly had nothing to smile about.But then I learned to love myself too, and when I did, I witnessed a great change on the inside. I’m glad the post brightened your countenance. 🙂
      You and Spiro have a very nice weekend too!

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