Vance Ferrell, whose books can be found at Cleveland’s Barnes and Noble, shares the story of a Scottish shepherd who comes across a man picking flowers in a field. As he watches, the man takes a flower and closely examines it through a magnifying glass. Then he carefully pulls up another flower and does the same thing.
The man sees the shepherd watching him and offers for him to see what is under the magnifying glass. The shepherd gratefully holds a flower and looks under the glass, then begins to weep.
The man asks the shepherd why he is crying to which the shepherd replies, “I was thinking as I looked at the gorgeous beauty of that little flower, how many thousands of them I have trampled under my heavy shepherd boots , and never paid any heed to them.”
Someone once noted that there are three things that can’t be gotten back; the flown arrow, the spoken word, and lost time.
History tells us that a young Charles Darwin was so enthralled with nature that he would spend hours a day catching insects to learn more about them. His enthusiasm was so strong that when he had too many insects to carry in his hands he would carry live ones in his mouth until he got back to his study and was able to place them in jars.
Albert Einstein once shared, “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious-the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
To have a sense of wonder at the world around us in all its vast mystery is to live with passion. Everywhere around us there are untold wonders to behold.
On the east coast billions of cicadas are about to appear, having spent the past seventeen years underground. Simply called Brood II, they won’t return again until 2030. Their mothers each gave birth to 600 larvae; and soon their buzzing will be heard from Georgia to New York.
Their lifecycle is a scientific mystery, we know how they live the way they do, the why though is still an enigma. For almost two decades they remain underground, then emerge all at once to lay eggs for the next generation.
Perhaps large insects are not where you interest lies. The important thing is to remember there can be awe in every moment, if we simply choose to live with curiosity and a desire to learn more.
It was said that Henry Ford was approached by a young man one day who was inspired by his success. Now in retirement, Ford shook the young man’s hand. The teenager then told the wealthy Ford how motivated he was to succeed after seeing the millions of dollars Ford had acquired. Ford simply looked at him and replied, “I would give all of my wealth for your youth.”
Perhaps Anthony Robbins sums it up best, time is limited so remember, “Live with passion.”