“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

Positive Quote: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

Looking and seeing, those can be two different things in many ways. You can look at something, say a park and mentally you know what it is, a park, and you have certain assumptions tied to it based on your own experiences or things you have seen…

• Children play there
• Picnics happen there
• Parties happen there
• Kites are flown there, etc…

Yet, most of that is internal thought processes based on your initial look. One can look and move on to something else in a matter of seconds.

However, seeing, seeing takes more internal engagement. It takes stopping and seeing

• Are there children playing, how many and what age range
• What are people doing, how high is the kite flying or is it stuck in a tree
• Does the picnic have a piñata

When you see, it becomes more personal.

I can equate this to the workplace as well. I fill up a pitcher of water each morning. When I do this I have to walk across the span of the floor I am on. I can either look around as I walk to the sink and people are working in their cubicles and/or talking. Or, I can stop and talk to people, I can say good morning, maybe someone has a new haircut or hairstyle, maybe someone has started juicing. This second way, I am connecting with people and can see them as they are that day versus looking and not seeing, and perhaps missing out on quite a bit.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a tremendous Tuesday and let’s see what is beyond the surface of a look.


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