“Faith is to believe what we do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.” Saint Augustine
I was thinking about why I named this blog “Look Far.” There are several different ways that I think about the phrase “Look Far” and consequently, this blog. Everything that I’d like to share is wrapped up in those two words.
Stop, Think. Pause, Reflect.
If you’ve taken the time to really look at something, it means that you’ve stopped what you are doing. We need that time to stop and pause, but too often we feel like we can’t or we shouldn’t take it. Taking the time to stop has been one of the best things that I have added to my life in the last several years. Without a stopping point, life is just a constant stream of action where we can’t tell the beginning from the end. Pausing from time to time helps us to look at what we are doing.
Sometimes when we take a moment to reflect, we look out from where we are. We think about the things that we want to have and to be in our lives. We think about our goals and our priorities, and the way in which we want to live our life. We think about our families and friends and what kind of person we want to be in our relationships. When we look outwards we can see as far as our imagination will take us (which can be pretty far!), and I think we need to be willing to let our imagination stretch beyond where we thought we could go. Looking far is courageous because we don’t know if we are going to get there, but if you don’t look you won’t know in which direction you need to start walking. Let your imagination be bold.
You can also look far in the opposite direction, the direction of yourself. When you look far into yourself, you will see what motivates you and what scares you. You will see the gifts you have to share, and the challenges that you need to work on. You will see your desires and your values. You will see all of your unique preferences. You will see all the things that you have been given thus far, and all the things you wish to develop. Looking far into yourself is a process that should never end, as you could look your entire life and still discover new things. When you look outward it’s like your eyes can see for miles, but when you look inward your eyes see only that which you uncover. Keep digging and you won’t be disapointed.
The Things We Can’t See
But, while we are looking far, both outwards and inwards, we need to remember that there are things we can’t always see, and in this case we let the Universe do it’s part, just as we are doing ours. Our sight allows us to act upon what we can see, but for those things we can’t, we need to trust that we will be guided in the right direction.
Stopped to look lately? How do you “look far” in your life? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments section.