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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Personal Power by Keith J. Thomas, published in 1917.
When we go to a movie theater to see a film, we often marvel at the splendor of the scenic effects. A beautiful sunrise or sunset is reproduced on the screen with such fidelity that it stirs up emotions within us. Aided by the art of the actors and the drama of the music, the scene often affects us more than the real wonders of Nature which are going on around us every day. In the theater, these things are forced upon our attention and we realize their beauty, while the infinitely greater beauty of the real thing goes unnoticed.
As the old saying goes: "Eyes have we, and we see not". Why? Because we have not trained our eyes to see. Suppose, for one moment, that the sky had always been gray and overcast since you were born, and that one summer evening a wind sprang up and the clouds dispersed, revealing the majesty of the stars and all the wonders of the heavens. Would you not believe that a miracle had happened? Yet how often do you look up and see with discerning eyes this inspiring and uplifting spectacle?
All the gifts of Nature are to be had for the asking. They are your right. But, like all gifts worth having, they must be striven for. You must train your eye to look for them, and your brain to hear and understand. Then you will see how the earth can take on the form of Paradise, and will hear in its sounds the harmonies of heaven.