Dare to find the right key

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(photograph: Julie Cook/ Savannah, GA 2013)
“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

A small gate sits in the middle of a large stone wall…who knew that a beautiful secret garden was hiding behind the stone wall? The gate is locked but all who pass by may peer in, if they stop long enough, they may catch a glimpse of the beautiful private garden. Are they too busy or too preoccupied to stop and glance? Do others know this garden exists or am I the only lucky one? The only one who stopped to look beyond the locked gate?

If beauty can hide behind a massive stone wall, can that same beauty not hide within a closed off human heart? Surly it can. It’s just a matter of finding the right key and getting inside. If you see the locked gate to a human heart, dare to be the finder of the right key— open wide the hearts around you to the potential beauty waiting inside. Dare to find the beauty that lies within the stone walls and locked gates to the hearts of the people you meet along your life’s journey. Who knows what joy you may discover……

One comment on “Dare to find the right key

  1. Val says:

    Last fall I was having a discouraging day and decided to spend the day at the Getty Center. I was gping to see the Klimt exhibit, but decided (after being disqualified for a job I hoped to get) that I just needed to “be” for a little while.

    The garden at the Getty is a remarkable place. I got there when they’d just opened, so it was largely empty of the crowds to come later in the day. I had my needlepoint with me — a book cover in the design of a butterfly such that the spine of the book was the body of the butterfly, and the wings of the butterfly spread across the covers of the book (and spread open when you open the book); the text embroidered on the cover was the definition od sanctification from the answer to Question #35 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Prior to arriving at the museum complex, I had finished everything but filling in the colored part of the wings. It wasn’t my original plan, but I ended up sitting on the middle bridge along the creek that is actually part of an elaborate fountain system running through the garden.

    I was — essentially — performance art hiding in the garden all day.

    Only the curious noticed or stopped. Hundreds of people passed me without notice or care, only a handful stopped. Funniest moment when two Japanese tourist women — apparently bent on reinforcing stereotype that day — not only posed with me, not only posed my needlepoint — they actually posed ME…as if I were sonehow another character in a theme park, put there for their amusement.

    But that day…in addition to being a gloriously fun social experiment? I reinforced a already learned, that “to see” and “to notice” are two very different things. The secret garden in Savannah is yet another wonderful example of one of many beauties and wonders present in our everyday world…just waiting to delight and to surprise us.

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