(All posts are from my hometown of Perry, Iowa where we are vacationing for the next week)
Spent a good part of the day getting my mother a new iPad and getting her setup so she can connect to the outside world. An unseen connection to let her see into a bigger world.
Nothing. We don’t look at what is not there. But in some regards, that is exactly where the opportunities lie.
It’s like wind power. Wind power has been around for centuries. But for much of my youth wind power was a historic and quaint technology, usually thought of as giant lawn ornaments on farmyards around Iowa.
Then something changed. Wind power became fashionable. And it became cost effective enough that windmills began to spring up all over the place.
But the opportunity was not seen. It was hidden in the invisible wind.
City parks are another example. When mayors and city councils vote to create a new park from nothing, they are creating something from nothing. Ironically they are creating something with an unseen value – community spirit, civic pride, neighborhood identity, etc.
Opportunities lie in being able to see the unseen. Sometimes those opportunities result in better economic or civic situations. Sometimes those opportunities result in better people.
In order to give more of ourselves, to give more creatively, we can look beyond the visible problems and look at the spaces in between.