"What's wrong?" I asked. I then saw that his tee-shirt was soaked with big spots of water. It was raining outside. Raining so hard that he wouldn't run to his car to drive it down to the barn. I was surprised and remarked, "I guess I don't know what is happening outside if I don't look."
Once I heard what I had said, it made lots of sense. Ignorance is bliss, but am I really satisfied just knowing what is happening right where I am at the present time? I don't think so. It may be very nice where I am but there could be a storm brewing somewhere out there. Someone else may be having very bad weather.
But I don't need to care. As long as I am dry and comfortable I can be satisfied.
Of course I do want to pay attention to my local weather to be sure that the plants in my garden will be alright. If it is hot and dry for too long I will have to be sure to water them. Storms are important, too - if they are close by. I might need to protect a tender new plant, or after a storm, I will need to clean up debris like limbs that have fallen on my plants and threaten their health. But that is just right around me and in my garden. I don't need to worry about what is going on outside my garden, do I?
Well maybe I do.
When I walk outside my garden I do find young trees that could benefit by my cutting away climbing vines. Sometimes I find a nest that needs to be marked so that it won't succumb to a chainsaw or brushhog. Maybe a muddy spot could use some grass seed to stop future erosion. Drainage ditches should be dug out when they become full and blocked.
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Perhaps I can even look further into the world beyond my hill, beyond my community, beyond my part of the country and beyond all that is familiar.
There are things happening whenever I look. There are things happening wherever I look.
Whole communities come together to raise money for cancer research and to encourage me to pay attention to cancer issues.
If I look beyond my garden to television, magazine and newspaper stories I can see what is happening throughout the world.
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The problem is that I need to look - to pay attention. I must not just watch the news while I eat supper, but to pay attention, to see what is behind the television stories. I need to look for more information when I see a one-page magazine article; find out just what is happening, look outside and see just what the weather really is like.
Because I guess I don't know what is going on outside if I don't look.