Skimming the surface, most of us go through life like this. We see a man cross the street, dropped his coin, went back to pick up his coin and block an incoming car. What a stupid man! On the surface, he values the coin more than his life. How easy it is for us to draw conclusions and pass on judgments on events and people just because of what we see. Going deeper is too complicated, too much effort and such a waste of time. To ask “maybe”, to consider for a split second and to ponder about this man’s life – too much! Yet, this man has a story, his coin has a story, his crossing the street has a story – or maybe, it’s simply just that, he just wanted to cross the street, dropped the coin and decided he loves the coin more than his life – stupid man. Or what about the driver of the incoming car? The hustle and bustle of life, the busy-ness that we have plunged ourselves into, has made us skim surfaces and move on without taking a second look, without having second thoughts. Like the wind passing through a tree, blowing the leaves off their branches without looking back, leaving the tree and leaves with their own stories.
Stop and smell the flowers. Slow down and appreciate life. Skimming the surface makes you miss out on the beauty of an ice cream cake stuffed with your favorite fruits and flavors. It doesn’t hurt to go deeper, to look beyond – there’s always so much more than what meets the eye.
Be quick to consider and slow to judge.