555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 86.
Time Awake: 9:16 a.m.
A phrase people often use is “Seeing is Believing” (or: “I’ll believe it when I see it”). It comes from the human need for proof and evidence. This is natural and understandable.
The phrase also comes from human doubt and cynicism, also natural.
On Facebook, I saw a variation on this phrase: “I’ll see it when I believe it.”
What does this mean?
It means that we are often to see beyond what is right in front of us. Believing in a goal or an ideal allows us to take the necessary actions in order to achieve it — to “see” it as reality.
Maybe we’re seeing the fruits of our labors. Maybe we’re seeing the goal or ideal in our minds, which allows appropriate actions to be taken.
I am reminded of the movie the “Shawhank Redemption.” The main character, Andy, plans his escape from prison. Part of the escape involves crawling through a drainage piping system. He is literally crawling through shit to achieve his goal.
He cannot physically see the end of the piping system. But he pushes on. He can “see” his endgoal, and thus believes he can achieve it.
And damn it, Andy achieves his freedom.
So See it, whatever it is. Then Believe it. And put in the necessary actions.