This week’s Wednesday wisdom is a parable that was referenced by Inky Johnson and our Way of the Warrior call last week. Here is the story with some words from Inky and myself:
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which read, “I am blind, please help.”
There were only a few coins in the hat – spare change from folks as they hurried past.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words.
Then he put the sign back in the boy’s hand so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.
That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign returned to see how things were.
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”
The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”
Both signs spoke the truth. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind, while the second sign conveyed to everyone walking by how they should appreciate their perspective. Don’t put your condition on display – make others examine their own condition & perspective differently.
Inky Johnson would say: It’s not how we do what we do, it’s how we see what we do.
Today is a beautiful day – what part of it do you see?