The Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidic movement, taught that everything we see and hear has a message for us that is relevant to our unique mission.1

Reflecting on this while walking in a beautiful rainforest, I noticed that my eyes were naturally drawn towards light, even the tiniest flash. They were also drawn towards movement and unfurling potential, even the smallest flicker of a leaf on a tree in the breeze. Lastly, they were drawn towards the center of things, like the center of a hollow log or the heart of a flower.

Chassidic thought teaches us that the seeds of transformation, of movement towards redemption, are everywhere. We just need to open our eyes to see.2

Let’s look towards the light, the positivity of what we encounter in this world ... towards the earliest movement, shift and sign of unfurling potential. Let’s look towards the center and depth of things, and not be content to take the world at face value, but to search more deeply for meaning and inspiration, and encourage others to do the same.

Our sages assure us that the more we look, the more we see.3 Let’s bless everything that we see—that it should grow, unfurl to its full potential, transform and shine!