This is an exerpt from Ian
Percy's book The 7 Secrets to a Life of Meaning.
Have you ever seen a child's eyes the first time
they look down the main street of Disneyland? That's the wonderment of imagination.
Parents are more likely to look down that same street and imagine
long line-ups and eternal waiting for everything. I was reminded
recently that all children have this readiness to wonder no matter
how poor and destitute. I was raised on the edge of the Sahara
Desert where my parents were missionaries. This past Christmas
I had their 50-year-old 8mm missionary movies transferred to video
for them. In one scene they were giving out T-shirts and shorts
to the native kids in a leprosy village who had never seen, never
mind owned, anything so wonderful. They had the same look. The
look that says, "What do these wonders-mean?"
This is the heart of life - coming to understand
what the wonders of our existence - and of our work - mean.
All that is possible is wrapped up in the divine gift of imagination which
is why it is, at once, the most freeing and imprisoning force known
to us - depending, of course, on how we use it. The world, our
own unique personal world, is full of wonders, each of which
is connected to our richly imagined future.
Very few people see wonders in
their workplace. That is a little strange and a lot sad because
we can see them
elsewhere in our lives. An executive who appears so uncaring and
tough at work actually managed to attend his daughter's grade four
play, "The Legend of Johnny Appleseed." Melissa was Mrs.
Johnny Appleseed in the play and she insisted that her dad and
mom sit in the second row (the first one being "Reserved")
right near the center aisle. They could see her white bonnet as
she peered through the curtains to be sure they were still there
and ready for the wonders they were about to see. And wonders there
were! It went the way grade four plays are supposed to go with
kids forgetting their lines or not saying them loud enough or saying
them too loud. The teacher's constant prompts from backstage, the
miscued curtains. Each one a wonder. And then the wonder of all
wonders - Melissa's only line rehearsed a thousand times at dinner,
in the bathtub and the last thing before sleep. "Oh my
dear husband (that part always made the other kids laugh and
it did this time too) do not be discouraged, for people around
the world will eat from the orchards you have planted." I
do not even want to meet the parent whose eyes are not filled with
tears of wonder in such a situation. Heck, mine are and I'm just
making this up.
Work is one of the wonders of our lives!
When we can't see the wonders, we are doomed to meander through
life without ever finding our intention. When we can't see the
wonders we can't make the choices that will lead us to the spiritual
wealth that most of us desire. First we must learn to see the wonders
and then we learn to make positive and wise choices in response
to those wonders. This is how the richly imagined future becomes
present in our lives now. There are wonders all around us, in every
common circumstance. The more we recognize them, the richer we
become. May your life - and your work - be wonders-full!
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