believing is seeing

Seeing is believing in the things you see
Loving is believing in the ones you love
— peter yarrow

I had to go to a two-hour meeting today on learning to be a leader. One thing I know for sure is that when you’re averaging 15-minute miles, you don’t need to worry so much about being a leader. Just follow the headlamp up ahead.

I don’t remember much of it because it was at 1 p.m., way earlier than anyone should be awake. We had to give examples of people who said one thing and did another. One person near me said Lance Armstrong. Well, OK. But then she said Bill Clinton. Sadly, I wasn’t close enough to kick her. Blasphemy. Then we had to answer things like: How many months have 28 days? (all of them) and what 11-letter so people almost always spell incorrectly? (incorrectly.)

I was thinking I wasn’t going to learn much. I was wrong. The end of the presentation was a short film by a National Geographic photographer with a simple message. When he started out, he always thought that seeing was believing. Only years later did he discover he had it backwards. Believing is seeing.

It’s only when you believe that you can see. You have to let go of your doubts and preconceived notions and know that there’s good in the world. You have to believe that. And then go looking for it.

In the old days of the Kerrville Folk Festival, Peter Yarrow always sang “The Unicorn Song,” whose chorus is at the top of this page. I always loved that sentiment, but I hadn’t thought about it for years. Until now.

Life is full of happiness and joy and beauty. We just get to busy in our routines to notice. We stop believing. And then we stop seeing.

It took a seminar in the wee hours of the afternoon to remind me. I’m still not sure what the point was supposed to be, but I know what I’ll take from it. I believe. And I’ll always try to take time to stop and smell the flowers. Even if they’re in a creepy puddle next to the bus station.

Thanks, National Geographic guy. But please have your shows later in the day …


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4 Responses to believing is seeing

  1. kynanmatz says:

    True Believer never sounded so all encompassing.


  2. tosuperstar says:

    Funny, I just wrote an entry in my journal today as I thought back to Boston and reflected on the Oklahoma teens shooting someone out of boredom that even with all the bad things going on, Good still dwarfs evil. Which reminds me that 99% of all people I encounter are good.
    Thanks for this blog, it helps me believe what I wrote.


  3. MildSauce says:

    You’re doing a lot better than I am. I never make it to the National Geographic clip at the end.


  4. Nole says:

    I think that’s a common problem in our professions…we both see so much to make us cynical and jaded that it is hard to remember that there is a heckuva lotta good (and good people) out there.


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