Canaries

This week has been one of noticing sight.  That people see with their own perspective that is well known.  The challenge is how to see something new when there literally is no frame of reference?  Over and over I have been in, and witnessed conversations where the communication fails due to the fact that one person just doesn’t know how to see the situation differently.  There is a temptation to label that person something awful but it often truly not their fault.  It’s like watching “Do you want to be a Millionaire” and seeing a question about your favorite TV show and the contestant has never seen it.  You see the answer right away but there is no way that person will ever know the answer.

Except… if they are willing to learn.  I had this happen to me this week.  People who knew something I didn’t were trying to explain it to me.  I am a big picture person and details are extremely hard to see unless they are pointed out.  Well, they were pointing them out over and over.  At first I just didn’t get it.  Then I took a breath and listened again.  Eventually the aha! came and I saw it.  I had know idea this issue was a problem for people.  Once I got it I was excited to share.

How do we do this if we don’t even know what we aren’t seeing?  We need canaries in our lives.  Remember the stories of canaries going down into the mines? If they died in the mine then they knew the air they couldn’t see was bad. We need people who point out what we can’t see.  Yes, they could be annoying because they force us to do something outside our comfort zone yet they are so vital. Think of someone who annoys you – is it because they are your canary?  Are they a call to new sight?

Sometimes we are called to be that voice who sees things differently than those around us.  Canaries have to be brave because often times humanity’s blindness does lead to their death or suffering.  During this time where it can feel like there is no voice is God calling you to u

Practice:

Who are the canaries in your life?  Where are you being called to bring site to someone?  else?  Do you have people in your life who have a different voice than your own?

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