“Before refrigerators, people used ice-houses to preserve their food. Ice-houses had thick walls, no windows, and a tightly fitted door. In winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut from the frozen waters, hauled to the ice-houses, and covered with sawdust. Often these ice-blocks would last well into the summer.
One man lost a valuable watch while working in an ice-house. He searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but didn’t find it. His fellow workers also looked, but their efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about the fruitless search slipped into the ice-house during the noon hour and soon emerged with the watch. Amazed, the men asked him how he found it.
“I closed the door,” the boy replied, “laid down in the sawdust, and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking.” (story taken from “Directions” by James Hamilton)
Often our lives, businesses, and even families can become so hectic that it becomes hard to find time to sit still and listen to what is going on around us. A lot of things grab for our attention and if we’re not strong enough, things that are not important win.
I often share with the people around me that we need to take moments (sometimes more than a moment) throughout the day to be still for what matters most. When we do, we may find some wonderful and valuable things that we are missing, others may have missed or didn’t take the time to share.
When was the last time you took the opportunity to sit back to be quiet, to reflect, and even draw out of the moment? Is there something important that you are still missing? From your experiences, what can you offer us?