One of my favorite songs is called “In the Embers” by Sleeping At Last. The lead vocalist sings in a clear, piercing tone, “May our stories catch fire, and burn bright enough to catch God’s eye.” Wow. What does it take to “catch God’s eye”? What does it feel like? How do we know when we’ve done it? The answers to those questions lie within. We are all capable of recognizing the energy we see in someone’s expression when they speak or behave authentically, tapping their true nature. They glow, they “light up”. They succeed. We know, because deep within, we all have that divine river running through us, and we can recognize it in others. Are you accessing that valuable resource? How are you “becoming fully” to catch God’s eye?
This belated blog post started ages ago as I was taking a break from my computer by strolling through my neighborhood. The sky was bright blue, and the leaves… oh my goodness. I marveled at them, and said aloud, “The fall divas have arrived.” There was nothing subdued about the assault on my senses, each leaf dancing and waving to catch God’s eye. Some were still verdant green, which, combined with the deep blue sky, provided a pleasing oasis for the jewel colored divas, popping in lemon yellow, chartreuse, citrus orange, and carmine red. They were impossible to ignore, like a beautiful woman wearing a lot of makeup. A beautiful woman can get away with a lot more color than one who hasn’t such “good bones”. In short, bright color or creating a big bang in the right environment is one formula for catching God’s eye. But, it’s not the only one.
Last weekend I drove through the back wood mountains of West Virginia and North Carolina on my way to Savannah, Georgia. The color was stunning in a completely different way. It was more subdued. The fall leaves were not screaming; they were whispering.
The highlands were painted in an endless variety of ochre, copper, and brick. The wind brushed through the leaves, resulting in the sound of a polite applause for each other’s performance. The blue sky and verdant greens were still there, but it was a softer visual experience. I loved it.
When I arrived in Savannah, the trees were just beginning to turn. By default, the colors were muted by the blankets of cadet grey moss that drape mournfully from the enormous oak trees. And in this theater, it is the stunning architecture that provides a special backdrop for their performance. It is yet another story that burns bright enough to catch God’s eye.
All three experiences fill me with admiration, joy, and respect for the divine talent of nature – the same talent that is within us all.
Part of my role as a leadership consultant is to explore the hearts, minds, and desires of people, to help them listen to the clues the universe shares with them, and to find the courage to craft their own story. We build it together upon the strong foundation of our strengths. Slowly, gently, we reveal our own true colors, and make a difference in the world. This lifelong journey will inevitably catch the eyes of God and mankind, inspire those around us, and fill us with bliss.
What divine story are you creating today? Where does your bliss reside? Tell me more…