An old man would often walk through the park, smiling for no apparent reason. Children in the area would see this man and wonder what made him so happy.

“Hey Mister, why do you smile so much?” one daring child finally asked.

“Well,” he said, “I used to have a very intense way of looking at things. Everywhere I turned, I saw a million tiny spheres of many colors and sizes spinning around me. I tried to track the balls by measuring their movements, but I couldn’t follow all of them at once. There were too many plates to keep spinning, as the saying goes.

“This made me discouraged. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t track every movement they made and I certainly couldn’t control their movements. As soon as I thought I understood how one ball danced, it did something totally different.

“But after years of struggling with this, my eyes became too tired of focusing and they suddenly gave out. I was no longer able to track any one sphere. I stepped back and saw something surprising: the chaotic movements of the balls blurred together into the shape of one beautiful flower.

“Now, I see the flower and that is why I smile.”

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