I attended a training session in a high-end brand name hotel during one of my travels. The rooms were beautiful, the bed and furnishings luxurious. The meeting room was well appointed with energizing colors and atmosphere. Every window clear and every knob polished!
On the second day, I looked up to a corner in the elegant lobby restroom. What caught my eye surprised me, very unexpected in this caliber of property. I took a closer look… YEP! It was a very elaborate, large spider web! And the inhabitant was quite imposing. Now, generally spiders don’t bother me much; live and let live. However, this particular spider and the accompanying web was disconcerting. So out of place in the grandeur of this resort-style restroom, that I felt compelled to tell the story.
Obviously, the housekeeper was keeping their head down cleaning (nose to the grindstone). The mirrors were polished to a high gloss, the brass was beaming and the floors sparkled! I am sure that the porcelain fixtures were sanitized with great care. A fine job was done within the scope of their work description; the room almost glowed in its splendor!
Except that pesky spider; this arachnid had built a monument to the spider kingdom. It has been there for a while and was as beautiful and splendid as the hotel itself. How is it that no one on staff has noticed this uninvited guest? Yes, Mr. Spider was doing a service by eating whatever happened his way. However, his presence spoke volumes in the otherwise pristine environment. I pity the next woman (and Mr. Spider) that notices this occupant… she may not be as willing to leave him be.
What are you missing as you go about your daily routine? Do you have your “nose” firmly planted in your electronic devices? These are our modern day version of the “grindstone”, except we are not being as productive as the old adage admonishes. Are you so preoccupied with your head “down” that life, of all kinds, is going on around you while you fail to notice?
My Challenge to You
Spring is approaching and my challenge to you is to look “up” more. Look up at the natural beauty unfolding around us, look at the faces of those you care about. Look up and notice the “dangers” that may be on the horizon… Is someone or something being neglected in your world that you may loose, if you don’t look up? Look up for unnoticed opportunities that may be the ones you have been waiting for. Don’t be caught off guard; we never want to say “What happened? I didn’t see that coming!”
Sweep away the cobwebs, look up, notice life and get involved in this wonderful world. What dreams have you been keeping down? Are you ready to start creating a new way of seeing? Do you want to “look up” more in your life, but are having trouble seeing clearly? My desire is for you to see clearly!