Seeing what we want to see

I’ve been told quite a few times by several different people that I am a very unobservent driver. People see me on the road and wave, but I don’t wave back. I’m not trying to be rude, I honestly didn’t see the waver!! I’m usually concentrating on driving (here lately, I’ve been obsessed with looking in my rear view mirror to make sure I don’t get hit again.) I used to love driving. Not anymore. A was driving me to work one day last week and I noticed a new auto parts store. I was shocked. Not that Granbury has a new parts store, but that I never noticed it being built. And it is built! It’s opened!! I think that not really “seeing” what is going on around us is both a way to isolate ourselves and a way not to have to deal with the problems of others. I’m trying really hard to be cognizant of the difficulties people face. I know that everyone has something going on in their lives. It’s just part of being human. I also know that HOW we choose to be there for people going through things says something about us. Sometimes, people feel invisible. Like they just don’t matter. And, if nobody notices that person is gasping for air, then it seems like their thoughts just might be reality. It reinforces the feelings of not mattering or being invisible. Take a minute today to reflect on the people in your life. Are they ok? Do they need a smile, a wave or a helping hand? Maybe they just need a hug or a word of encouragement. Don’t let the people in your life think you can’t see them. Invisibility hurts.

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