The very last scene of “Tender Mercies,” a movie starring Robert Duvall, shows his young wife looking sadly and with concern through the screen door at her husband – who has just returned from burying his daughter – and her son, Sonny – throwing a football to one another in the field behind their house. Her eyes tell the story – with love and care, she is keeping an eye out for these two, for whom she prays nightly, thanking God for the “tender mercies” of having them in her life.
My mother would say: “keep an eye out…” for something. I knew she would keep an eye out for me when I was coming home from school, or coming back from my first date. We “keep an eye out” with love and concern for one another, for those we cherish.
Let’s “keep an eye out” in our communities. “Keep an eye out” onto your street. What is new there? Who is missing? What is changing? What looks different than yesterday?
Quantum physics has taught us that the act of observing itself changes the field. When we “keep an eye out,” we observe our communities, watching for changes, seeing what is familiar, and maybe noting what can be changed for the better. When we “keep an eye out,” there is the possibility that our observation alone can change our communities.
And so, my neighbor, I’ll keep an eye out for you. Please keep an eye out for me, too.
Together, we’ll begin to make our community safer, more “user friendly,” healthier.
Keep an eye out for me!