Some of my most favorite people are the ones who challenge me to think differently—to consider a different angle, a different perspective. It’s as if I am being blessed with the opportunity to examine a treasure anew.
I may argue with them a little. For me, it’s a bit of a playful exercise. I want to grow—to learn. I am quite fond of the proverb “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Each person is a work of art, a masterpiece. As I study each, I grow in wisdom.
I am quite fond of the hidden ones, the ones who are at home in silence. As another proverb says “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter—and the glory of kings to search it out.” The hidden ones . . . wow. It is an honor when one of them chooses to trust you. Value that confidence. Do not think lowly of the quiet.
Be aware that not everyone is as they appear on the surface. Choose to look deeper.
Let’s start with thumbs. I love thumbs. They are bendy and quite handy and have these cool little ridges in the skin so that when you dip the inside of your thumb in ink and stick it on a piece of paper, you get what’s called a “thumb-print.” Does that not blow your mind?
Or takewriting. Now, writing often requires a several things, and I am certain that I probably do not know all of them. But I will mention the few that come to mind: a writing utensil (pen and paper, computer and internet, computer and writing software, etc.), an author, inspiration, and language in which to communicate. Now, those things exist, and so we have writing. And writing happens to be one of my most favorite things in the world! Wow, amazing how discovering one treasure can lead to the discovery of many more!
And then there’s the platypus. Platypus, how do you exist? You—you and your mammalian furriness and webbed feet! Gah . . . so cute.
People. Wow. Just. Wow. I could go on and on about people. Oh, you are an amazing lot. Many of them will ask me why I am smiling so much and I say, “Have you not looked at yourself in the mirror? Do you not understand how chock full of glory you are?”