“I love your gold windows” I said to one of my young painters.
I smiled and began to move on to the next student, and the next thing to notice.
As though she sensed my attention was moving she said with urgency and haste …
“It’s the sun, shining off the windows!”
It’s the sun, shining off the windows! Of course it is!
I love that, for her, the gold windows were purposeful and beautiful. She didn’t use the gold simply because it was sparkly and pretty. It was the sun, shining off the windows!
I love too, that she shared her thoughts with me
I am struck by the profoundness of that moment – her words, her joy, her sharing, my being the recipient of her beauty, awesomeness and understanding – and how easily we could have missed that encounter!
I took the briefest of breaths as I began to move on, and she grabbed that moment and shared her noticing, remembering, joy, beauty and understanding with me.
I am grateful for her deep desire to share, and her willingness to call me beyond noticing – which is good – into sharing and conversation – which is great.
Take that extra breath, that extra moment, and just listen.