When you look at a glass is it half empty or half full? If someone points out the glass to you and gives new perspective, can the half empty become half full? Sometimes all a person needs is a little perspective.
I loved reading The Noticer. Andy Andrews brings to life a character named Jones. “Not Mr. Jones, just Jones.” He meets several people in a town and guides them through daily events in their lives, giving them a new perspective on what is happening.
I easily related to the events presented in this book. I was captured by his stories, his evident love and his encouragement.
“If the most important part of your life is ahead of you, then, even during the worst times, one can be assured that there is more laughter ahead, more success to look forward to, more children to teach and help, more friends to touch and influence. There is proof of hope…for more.” (pg 85)
Jones looks very common, you probably wouldn’t notice him if you passed him by on the street. But Jones notices, and shares.
This story was very moving, reminding me many times that the problem of the moment is just in the moment. There is so much more. I could easily imagine him sitting with me a table in the local diner, chatting away. I could hear him speaking. “Most people spend so much time fearing the things that are never going to happen or can’t be controlled that they have no energy to deal with the few things they can actually handle.” (pg 55)
So I must be grateful. “After all, the seeds of depression cannot take root in a grateful heart”. (pg 56) “No matter what your past…you can chose your future.” (pg 132
While I work through my own circumstances of work, children, mortgage payments, relationships and all else, I will be taking time to slow down and “notice” what is around me. Who knows, maybe I will run in to Jones along the way. I would be honored.