I have written about having to spend 2 weeks laying face down with my eye condition. Vision is returning very well. Through my right eye things still appear wavy, very slightly distorted. Something I can easily live with.
Now just laying there face down really limits what you can do. The first few days I fretted and fumed about my eye as at that point I could see very little out of it. I did have a couple of poor me days. I was able to get my head together and realize, well here I am and there is nothing I can do about it. I might as well make the best of it. I realized it gave me time to think undistracted by life. That may sound crazy to some as “gave me time to think”, I mean thinking is something we are all constantly doing. What I mean is yes we are constantly thinking but how often do we take out thoughts passed the daily events in our lives. Really expand our thinking to the big picture of our lives and not just the events surrounding us today. With my 20/20 hind sight I realize some how I needed that time or at least benefitted from it, huh, sure never thought that at the time.
As I focused my thinking that way, with a little time the poor me disappeared and was replaced with the realization of what a lucky man I am. OK, it still sucked to be stuck laying on the bed but I was able to put it more in prospective. In the overall picture of my life this time won’t even register as the smallest little blip on the radar. When I thought of it that way I actually felt kind of silly whining about it.
I realized how many of the wonders of life I/we just take for granted. Obviously vision/eyesight was on my mind and I really thought about it. Eye sight is such a wonder, such a blessing. Yet do the majority of us even give it a second thought. We just open our eyes every morning and we can see. We go to sleep at night fully expecting, knowing when we open our eyes in the morning, the miracle of vision will be there for us to enjoy. We just take it for granted as we do with so many of the other blessings in our lives. It is sad really all the wonders the blessings in our lives and we just don’t recognize or appreciate having them. Instead our human minds just seem to gravitate to what we see as the negatives in our lives (the things we don’t have).
Isn’t it strange how we have to either loose something or at least come close to loosing it before we can suddenly realize and appreciate how good we had it. Why is that? I needed this bit or a wake up call. I had to nearly go blind at least in the one eye to wake up again and see what I do have in my life. I look at that and do realize what a lucky man I am. Things in life can unexpectedly just happen with no warning. We can have something or someone in our lives one day and the next day they/it are gone. I suppose my detached retina is but a small example of that. One day my vision is fine the next it isn’t. The retina detached, don’t know how, don’t know why, it just did as can so many other things in our lives. Things happen just because, no other reason than just because.
Apprecaite what you have, focus on that not on what we don’t have. Appreciate what we do have while we have it as you just never know.
I again ask for prayers for our dear friend and neighbor Paul as he struggles to come to terms with the loss his dear bride of almost 70 years.