“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The most valuable things in life can not be seen with the naked eye: love, friendship, hope, integrity, trust, compassion. These are the things that bring substance, fulfillment, and lasting joy to our lives.
And things like music, scents, silence, and memories add richness to our lives everyday.
But too often, we spend our time and energy chasing things that are visible – beautiful homes, fast cars, larger paychecks, or more fashionable clothing. We dream of a future that includes those things. We plot and plan to acquire them. We go to great lengths to care for them and we become jealous when others have more of them. Yet, those things have never fully satisfied our soul or brought us the fulfillment that they promised.
- Their appeal always dims.
- Their value always decreases.
- Their appearance always fades.
- And their satisfaction diminishes every day.
It is time to shift our focus. It is time to allow the invisible to triumph over the visible in our eyes, minds, and hearts. To embrace the invisible over the visible,
- Decide to pursue the invisible. Most changes in life are preceded by a simple decision. Decide today to assign more value to the invisible things of life.
- Offer the invisble room in your heart and mind. Our actions are almost always determined by our heart’s desires and our mind’s thoughts. Give room in your heart for the invisible. Find time each day to intentionally think about such things – especially at the beginning of each day.
- Bring the invisible into better focus. Unfortunately, the old cliche is often true, “Out of sight, out of mind.” So turn it around and use it to your advantage. What comes into your mind when you think about joy, hope, relationships, or significance? Post that photo or quote somewhere that you can see it to remind you of its value. This will help keep the invisible visible in your mind.
- Be wise to culture’s influence. Most of the Western world is built on humanity’s desire to acquire more and more things. It makes economies grow, governments flourish, and brings appeasement to the masses. Therefore, it is encouraged at every turn. Become wise to their desires and learn to recognize their false promises.
- Pursue it at all costs. If the most valuable things in life are invisible, pursue them above everything else. Even if no one else is.
The best things in life really are free… and invisible.