“Once a wise old botany teacher was speaking to a group of young and eager students. He gave them an assignment to go out by the side of some lonely road and find a small, unnoticed flower. He asked them to study the flower for a long time. “Get a magnifying glass and study the delicate veins in the leaves, and notice the nuances and shades of color. Turn the leaf slowly and observe its symmetry. And remember: this flower might have gone unnoticed and unappreciated if you had not found and admired it,” he told his students.
When the class returned after carrying out the assignment, the wise old teacher observed: “People are just like that unnoticed flower, too. Each one is different, carefully crafted, uniquely endowed. But you have to spend time with a person to realize this. So many people go unnoticed and unappreciated because no one has ever taken time with them and admired their uniqueness.” -Cavanaugh (The Sowers Seeds)
There are so many people that come into our lives each day. The vast majority of them we simply walk by and don’t hardly notice anything about them. But imagine if we took the time to get to know some of these people…who knows what amazing things we would find out about them…who knows what connections we might form or what friendships we might discover…perhaps a total stranger you walk by is meant to become a new best friend or the solution to your problem or the answer to your prayers.
Too often we assume that people we pass by are inconsequential to our lives, when the reality is that if we took the time to get to know some of them we might find that they completely change our lives for the better. I don’t believe in coincidence. I believe people are brought into our lives for a reason and that if we take the time to notice them and appreciate them we will be forever blessed for having done so in ways we can’t even imagine.
As you pass by people today take the time to admire their uniqueness and see if it doesn’t impact your life for the better!