Kelly Major Heath: YogaSoup
Vail CO, Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Most of us go through life disgruntled with our day-to-day relationships, not seeing each other for who we really are ” oblivious to the person right in front of our eyes. We typically rush through the same daily activities over and over and over again, having the same experiences with everyone, but not really noticing, not really seeing.
Jake gets up every morning frustrated that the neighborhood kid cuts him off with his skateboard everyday when backing out of his driveway. And then Jake is always annoyed that the child’s parents are never home. He goes through most of his days upset that his neighbors park their cars in his way.
Typically, he is frustrated with the traffic at the same intersection, construction or other drivers on the way to work. And then he always snarls at the driver who takes his parking spot. Jake is usually annoyed when he stands in the coffee line that has four to five other people in front of him even though it will probably only take him about three or four minutes to get to the front of the line.
What if Jake could suddenly see what was really right in front of him ” as though he were looking through a special set of glasses that really connected him to other people? What if these glasses gave Jake the power to really see those individuals he had blindly walked around before?
Perhaps the glasses would show that the customer in front of him in the coffee line avoids relationships for fear of pain. Maybe they would show that the cashier behind the coffee counter is discontent with his life. They might show that the driver who cut him off is struggling with a sense of purpose in her life.
The glasses might even indicate another driver has never known true friendship. Maybe they would show the person he passed on the street just lost his job. They might show the person serving him coffee is fighting an addiction. The glasses may indicate the person who slammed the door on him just needs a hug. They might show the single woman who almost ran into him on the sidewalk works two jobs to feed both of her kids.
The glasses might help him see the woman who cut him off for his parking spot is grieving the loss of her best friend. Perhaps the glasses would show that the woman he passed on the street is fighting with her husband.
Maybe they would allow Jake to see that the teenager at the bus stop ran away from home three days ago, or that the neighborhood kid just wants someone to care.
What if Jake could really see all of that?
Would he still be more interested in going about his daily disgruntled-ness? What if he could really look and really see? What would he do differently?
Jake might go home, park his car in his driveway and try to talk to the neighborhood kid who cut him off with his skateboard just to let the child know someone noticed him. He might smile at the woman who took his parking spot, knowing she might have needed it more than he did today.
Maybe he just waits patiently in the coffee line. He might even hug the man he passes on the street.
Maybe the glasses would help Jake suddenly see. Get it?