I know you have all heard the story about the two stonecutters who were asked what their job was at the Cathedral. The first mason said he was essentially an underpaid slave, who spent his days staking blocks on top of each other. It was a waste of his time and ability. The second man quite different. His response was “I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I get to be a part of an important and beautiful piece of architecture. I’m turning simple pieces of stone into an exquisite masterpiece.” The funny thing is they were both right.
The truth is, we see in life what we want to see. If you search for ugliness or unhappiness you’ll certainly find it. If you to find fault with other people, your career, or the world, in general, you’ll be successful most of the time. However, the good news is that the pendulum swings both ways. True greatness is seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. The stonecutter sees a Cathedral within the piece of stone. The question is, can you? Do you see the unbelievable synchronicity that exists in the world; the dazzling beauty of nature; the incredible miracle of life? It is all a matter of stopping and seeing and hearing. We all seem to be hurrying to get to some unknown place. We should remember that the journey is part of the destination. When beginning to pay attention to the little ordinary things everything takes on a new meaning. And by the way, if you are waiting for your ship to come in, try building a dock.