What We See
He later failed to find decent employment and, on two occasions, was sent to debtor's prison. He continued to have brushes with the law and struggled just to survive.
But, despite the severity of his life, he never let go of his dream...to write a book. He wrote that book and in it he told a beautiful story which welled from his heart's deepest dreams and yearnings. It has moved generations of people the world over ever since. It is about a man who saw the world differently than everyone else. Though created in suffering, the book is an inspiring tale of irrepressible hope. This man's story has been put to music and film, translated into numerous languages and remains a literary classic after some 400 years. The author was Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and the book is Don Quixote De La Mancha.
Perhaps Cervantes himself believed, as did his character, that the world "sees people as they are -- I see them as they can be!" For Cervantes may never have accomplished such a magnificent work had he not seen some potential within himself that was hidden from the rest of the world. He knew, and has taught others ever since, that great truth: What we see will come to be.
Some see situations as they are, others as they can be. Some see people as they are, others as they can be. And some see themselves as they are, others as they can be. But when we look beyond the present reality, dismal as it may seem, and set our sights upon the best that is within a situation or a human being, then, too, what we see will come to be. And we'll know the power of hope.