As I left my house this morning, a group of deer appeared in an open area of the yard. As my headlights illuminated the herd, they moved. For a brief instant, I saw them frolicking. Just as quickly, that perception changed. I saw them as they were, panicked, racing around to avoid a car that was no danger to them. Two deer stood at the rear, safely watching the scene.
How often do we appear to do one thing (frolicking), while actually doing something else (panicking), when we really should do a third (standing still)?
How often do we look busy, accomplishing a task, when we’re really racing, trying to make something demonstrable, but we should be quiet, contemplative about what our real objective is?