Straight AheadTuesday, January 12, 2016
I must tell you that now that I’ve been wearing them for about a month, I’ve made an amazing discovery: There is a whole new world out there! Let me amend that - I guess it was there all along, but now I can actually see it! It is astonishing how much my new glasses have helped. Well, they helped until I noticed the dust on the shelves and the crumbs on the table that I previously thought was clean! Hmmm. Oh well. So, getting glasses has opened up a bit more work for me, as now I actually have to clean my house, but the positives far outweigh the negatives.
One thing I had to do when I first got my glasses was to actually get used to seeing through them. You see, the lenses are progressive. There are three different prescriptions that progressively blend together starting at the bottom, for close up, to the top, for distance. The optometrist let me know that my eyes would adjust after about a week. To help with the transition, she said to just point my nose to what I wanted to look at. In other words, to focus, I needed to look at the subject I wanted to see.
That got me thinking. What do I want to see? To really see?
Well, for one thing, I know what I don’t want to see. I don’t want to see what I have been focused on in recent times. I don’t want my gaze continually on the past. That practice has been destructive and painful. Today is when I am living. God has brought me to this time and place with a purpose. I want to see that. I want to see today and the blessings and joys right in front of me!
And so, as I continue this journey of living fully in 2016, I will let my eyes look straight ahead and just like with my progressive lenses, “point my nose” at what is in front of me!