The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
~ Helen Keller
I often think that, in our heavily commercialized civilization, we often miss out on the most important things in life. Helen Keller could neither see nor hear, and yet, she is a fountain of wisdom!
They tell us, that if we wish to market ourselves, our skills and talents effectively, we need to utilize visual presentations on social media in this digital age. If we do this, beware… don’t make the presentation longer than two minutes, because you’ll lose your audience! It’s true! I’m forever catching myself, as I browse through web sites online, jumping from site to site because something didn’t grab my attention in the first five seconds. “I don’t have time for this…” is my mantra.
Listen to me! “I don’t have time for this…” !!! My appetite for snappy video or sound isn’t satisfied, so I move on. I’m not reading much, or carefully, for that matter. There may be significant ideas that I would do well to ponder – but I’m too busy!? Really?
Isn’t this what Helen Keller is really saying to us? Use our faculties to gather information about our world, analyse it, sift it, but most importantly, feel it with our hearts.
To feel something with my heart, first, I must invest my time. I have to enforce quietness in my mind and focus my attention on this one item, to the exclusion of all else. Next, I must consider, carefully, each part of the idea so that I don’t misunderstand it. Then, I savour it in the context of my own life experience. How does this idea speak to me? Finally, my heart accepts it, I internalize the idea, and it becomes a part of me.
When an idea settles in my heart, I make it mine. That means that I act upon it and it becomes part of my living, my life experience. Not only that, but it is something that others can catch. Not because I expound upon it with great eloquence, or write voluminous essays about it, but because I live it.