Grace Note for September 27,
Two friends were walking near Times Square in New York City and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, sirens were wailing, and the sounds were almost deafening. Suddenly, one of them said, “What do you know, I hear a cricket.” His friend said, “What? You must be crazy. You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!”
“No, I’m sure of it,” his friend said, “I hear a cricket.” The man listened carefully for a moment, and then walked over to a big planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes and sure enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed.
“That’s incredible,” said his friend. “You must have superhuman ears!”
“No,” said the man who heard the cricket. “My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you’re listening for. It depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show you.”
He reached into his pocket, pulled out some coins, and dropped them on the sidewalk. Every head within twenty feet turned and looked to see if the money that tinkled on the sidewalk was theirs. “See what I mean?”