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?
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.“
“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!