We See Rightly With The Heart

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible with the eye. —Antoine de Saint Exupery, The Little Prince.

Suzy and I have been baby-sitting the Yingling Three, my daughter’s children — Lila, Rebecca, and Frannie, for the weekend. Needless to say Suzy has carried the blunt of the duty, but for some reason I am exhausted. Even writing today’s Pew is a challenge. But I found my inspiration on Caroline’s chalkboard wall where she writes quotes that inspire her. I haven’t had a chance to ask her why this particular a quote is on the wall this week, but it might just have to do with her three daughters.

Can we see with our heart? Is what is essential invisible to the eye? Good questions. What do you think?

I certainly think we would be better served by looking with our heart, and ignoring the visible. I have run across many a person whose physical appearance might cause me to run away or ignore, but when I looked at him or her with my heart I found a person who had a lot to teach me about human nature and the nature of God.

During the difficult times in our lives it is not the material and aesthetically pleasing that pulls us through, but the intangible — what we see with our heart.

It is so easy to be attracted to the visible, the sparkles, but the words from The Little Prince remind us to close our eyes and use our heart to see the truth.


About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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