© jb katke
Hot air balloons drift through my mind. Three of them floated over our home recently.
The thought of being carried by the wind, and the birds eye view, entice me. Maybe it’s the sheer size of them, or being so colorful. Whatever it is, I love them.
Whenever I see one anymore it reminds me of the time I pierced my sons’ eardrums. Poor Jamie. Several years ago we were chatting on the telephone. Having a cordless phone gave me the freedom to walk around the house.
I casually strolled into the office and opened the window blinds.
(Humor me. Hold both your hands close to your face, but not touching. Can’t see too much can you?)
When I opened those blinds all I could see were massive stripes.
“Oh my gosh!”
A hot air balloon landed in our front yard. It was a bit of a miracle because of the two large oak trees on both sides of the house. The balloon filled the entire gap.
If I hadn’t opened those blinds I would have missed the whole scene. And Jamie might have his full hearing today!
Blinds shield too much sun and offer privacy at night. Blinders on horses keep them from being distracted.
But what about the blinders we wear on a regular basis that keep us from seeing reality, the big picture? We may have less compassion for others and potentially lose an opportunity to make a difference in life.
If Edison hadn’t acknowledged the need for light, we would still be in the dark after sunset. If a person hadn’t wanted to cross a body of water, rafts and boats wouldn’t have come to be. Pioneers felt there must be a better way to travel, hence trains. You get the idea.
Need I even mention counselors and therapists to aid in both mental and physical capacities? Churches offer hope in hard times, plant seeds of trust and strengthen all the time. IF we approach them with an open heart.
Ugghhh…sounds too much like welcoming change! It is, for the better.