I Can See Clearly Now
I got new glasses this week. They are “progressives”, so that means I can see near and far without having to lift my glasses to peer down at the fine print. Now with a tilt of my head, I look out through the bottom half of the lens and things come into focus. Ummm, sounds like a column to me.
I started wearing glasses when I was 7 years old. The way I found out that I needed them was one day at school, the teacher asked me to read something off the board. I looked up, but I couldn’t read it, so she told me to move out into the aisle between the desks. Still couldn’t do it, so she told me to move forward, and I kept moving forward until I could read the sentence. I remember it all like it was yesterday and not 45 years ago. I was embarrassed because up until that point, I didn’t know that the way I was seeing things wasn’t the way everyone else did. I adapted to doing things a different way. Instead of copying off the board, I wrote down what my friend wrote down on her paper. I could read books, because they were close enough to see. So, my dad took me off the to the eye doctor, where I had drops put in my eyes and had to try to read letters on the wall, and had to look through this strange thing and tell him if 1 or 2 was clearer. Shortly after that I had my first pair of glasses. They were classic 70’s style, and by that, I mean, they had no style at all. I was astounded by the difference in how I could see things. Images were clear and I could read what the teacher had put on the board.
Over the many years since then, I have had numerous pairs of glasses, and when I was a kid, my mom would often look at me and ask how I could see through the dirt on them. She would clean them and I could see clearly again, if only for a little while, because you become accustomed to the gradual build up of dirt and smears, and you don’t even notice it while it’s happening. Then when I was older, I got my first pair of contact lenses. I was more excited about buying my first pair of sunglasses than having the contacts. Since buying contacts was cheaper than getting glasses, I often upgraded my contacts, and kept my old glasses. The difference between the two was often subtle, but there was a different outlook with each one.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” has been attributed to Albert Einstein and Wayne Dyer, and is one of my favorite quotes. It has also been in my mind a lot lately with this shift to progressive lenses. Here are a few of the life lessons I have gotten this week. Things become clearer with a tilt of the head, and giving oneself the time to refocus. One can see more clearly when the lens is free from dirt and smudges. When the surface of the lens is scratched, it doesn’t matter how often you clean it, you will not be able to see clearly. Sometimes you must make adjustments so that your glasses fit properly and you are seeing out of the right part of the lens.
My challenge to you this week is to “clean your glasses” and see what kinds of things come into focus for you. Think, Grow, Inspire Friday.
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