Some of us are old enough to remember this break through in computer technology. WYSIWYG. What You See Is What You Get.
But I think WYSIWYG applies to much more than just computers.
If you look for kindness, you will see kindness.
If you look for a reason to be afraid, you will find a reason to be afraid.
If you look for goodness, you will see goodness.
If you look for a reason to hate, you will find a reason to hate.
If you look for something for which to be thankful, you will find something for which to be thankful.
If you look for ugliness, you will see ugliness.
If you look for beauty, you will find it.
Too large measure, we decide.
This morning I hiked for several hours on the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail in the Green Mountains in Vermont. Most of the trail looks something like this.
Because of that you need to pay attention to where you are going.
The last thing you want to do a mile or more up the trail, with no guarantee that you will see anyone else, is to take a misstep and twist your ankle or fall and hit your head. So most of the time you hike looking down. But, that way of hiking comes with a cost. If you only look down you may miss the markers that designate the trail.
Or, even worse, the beauty which surrounds you.
The trick, I realized, is to make sure you take the time to look up.
But, this is not just about a walk in the woods, is it?
The trick, you see, is to make sure you look up.