I’m so happy to say “I can see clearly now!”
After my damaged eyes and sight impairment scare last week, I was reminded how precious my eyes are to me. It’s said you don’t appreciate something until you no longer have it. Sad but true. I especially missed all the things I couldn’t do when my eyes needed to take time off in order to heal. I missed reading, writing, watching TV though I say I hate most of the programming, and not being able to look outside (sensitivity to light was another irritating symptom in addition to the pain) to see my beautiful mountains, flowers, gardens, and even the little critters that enjoy eating my organic veggies before I get a chance to harvest them.
I was amazed that I actually missed all my social media too. I often call it UNsocial media because it connects me to family, friends, my work, the entire world, but at a distance. Be social, but don’t get TOO close. So I truly enjoyed it when I could finally get back on-line and plow through my backlogged Facebook, Twitter, web posts, comments, and e-mails. I was astounded to see what’s missed when you can’t or don’t take the opportunity to check out what continues to happen in the world whether or not you’ve been participating. Lots caught my eye and that was a good thing. I got up-to-date on friends’ vacation photos, silly U-Tube videos, even vivid colored ads I had no interest in but was delighted to see just the same.
Then I came across this black and white image, with words so small I had to enlarge my screen to read them. That was when I began to see what is really important. It’s people, people who see what they personally can contribute to the world, and then they do it regardless of how they are seen by others. I looked at these faces for a long time. Each one unique. Each one different. Each one making a difference. So much has been written about how the world has changed and can be changed by the thoughts and actions of just one person. A person authentic enough and courageous enough to say, “This is who I am, this is what I think, this is my gift to you.” I can’t write anything better than that except to say “Thank you for letting me see my belief that I can make a difference in the world with my life is true.” And it’s true for everyone else on the planet, including you!
How many of these people can you identify? How many do you identify with?