Sight, Vision, Gratitude and all the stuff in-between


An “incident” a couple of days ago has led me to this week’s post. A seemingly minor situation with my right eye went from initial checkup at the local optometrist to appointment with eye specialist then further appointment with eye surgeon in the matter of a handful of hours. I had laser eye surgery late that afternoon for a torn and partly detached retina. If it had been two days later, I was told that the surgery would have been much more significant.

All of this leads me to the meat of this posting and what this  really means to me, a couple of Life Lessons …  and how it can have meaning for You.

To start with:

I am Grateful for the timing … that’s strange you might be thinking? No, my eldest daughter Nicole was visiting home and was able to drive me the 200km (125 mile) round trip to the surgeon … there was no way I could have got there myself and … time was critical.

I am also grateful for my gut feel  …  there was something wrong and I followed through and made the initial appointment for checkup.

I am grateful for the expert service that I received from the three practitioners that day. Their care and deliberate actions saved me from a much larger problem.

I am grateful that I can see beautiful imagery.

Life Lesson … Gratitude  is one of our many blessings. Gratitude also comes at times not of our choosing. There is always something to be grateful for. Gratitude is not always obvious.

“Seeing is Believing” is a well worn phrase. Having quality sight is a blessing that many of us share. However unfortunately there are many who don’t.  This ‘incident’ has given me great cause for reflection.

Without full sight where would I be, how would I cope? What other “surprises” do I have in the years ahead of me? … and there’s much more to reflect upon.

I’d like to follow on with this great quote   …..

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.”

Sight is one thing … one very valuable ‘thing’ however looking at more than what is right in front of you, requires Vision. A vision for your Life. How you want to be living now and how you want your Life to pan out. This is about creating a Life that suits you or at the very least, giving you the best possible chance to live the way that you want.

So, you may be able to “see” what is in front of you however, how many of you can  “imagine” what your Life can be and see it through to the end? That’s Vision.

And on the topic of “sight”, here’s another great  quote …..

 “Look the world straight in the eye”

― Helen Keller

Life Lesson … Why hide? Show you true self and shine to your best ability. You and I have (had) self imposed ‘draw backs’. The stuff that we both feel makes us less worthy than the “others” who excel at and in, Life. No, look the world straight in the eye and exclaim … “I am worthy, I am me and I am proud of me … watch me shine.”

From all of this I say …  explore the concept of having a Vision for your life, embrace Gratitude (and be thankful that things could have been worse) and aim to be your best self.

What say You?

Be good to yourself


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  • Janice April 25, 2013, 11:30 am

    I love the Helen Keller quote about the real tragedy of no sight and no vision. I’ve been reading the gospel of John and noticing all the blindness as I read–and the blindness there is more like the kind Helen Keller is talking about. You see but you don’t SEE the important things. Your story is a great one for true seeing. That’s how I want to live mine too–AWAKE and truly alive. Gratitude can help us have true sight.

    • David Stevens April 25, 2013, 10:40 pm

      Hi Janice,
      Thanks for being here. Yes, this quote has been one of my favourites for a long time. I appreciate your words and contribution.
      Be good to yourself

  • Hiten April 25, 2013, 5:57 pm

    Hi David,

    Firstly, I just wanted to say I’m really glad you got your eye looked at quickly and that you’re ok. Indeed, as you shared in your post, it made you contemplate life without vision. It just shows that eyes are so sensitive, yet so powerful in what they allow us to do.

    Thanks very much for sharing your experiences with what happened and the lessons learnt with regards to being grateful, having a vision and standing proud and voicing our opinion. As someone who suffered from low self-esteem for years, this latter lesson is so important. One needs to tell the world that indeed, I am here. I have a voice and it needs to be heard.

    Thank you.

    • David Stevens April 25, 2013, 10:39 pm

      Hey Hiten,
      Another Life Lesson. You never know how they arrive but they have to be learned.
      Be good to yourself

  • Julie Barrett April 25, 2013, 6:31 pm

    Oh David I am so glad you listened to your gut! It’s so important to listen to our intuition, and thankfully you had perfect timing with help from your daughter and all of the doctors. As to vision…I’ll keep you posted 🙂

    • David Stevens April 25, 2013, 10:37 pm

      Thanks Julie … my Gut gets overworked at times.
      Be good to yourself

  • Victor Schueller April 26, 2013, 3:34 am


    I wish you a rapid and complete recovery! I am glad you caught it when you did (and I know you are too)! Get well soon!


  • Cathy Taughinbaugh April 27, 2013, 4:15 am

    Hi David,

    So glad to hear that you were able to have the check up and have the laser eye surgery at the right time. Our vision is such an essential human sense. When incidents like this happen, gratitude does rise to the surface.

    When I was a young girl, I fell back and hit my head on the edge of a sharp ledge. As you might guess, I needed stitches, but other than that, I was fine. I remember my mom saying how lucky I was because it could have been worse. I have kept that idea with me through the years. There is always a reason to be grateful.

    • David Stevens April 28, 2013, 11:58 pm

      Hi Cathy,
      Thankyou for your kind and thoughtful words.
      Be good to yourself

  • Glynis Jolly April 27, 2013, 2:55 pm

    First, David, I hope your eye is healing quickly. Sometimes the miracles of modern medicine come in real handy.

    Second – Does it bother you like it does me that so many people just don’t ‘see’ all that they have and what is available for them? Often I open my big mouth to tell people like this that they are missing out on so much because of their chosen ignorance. (Yes, I have ‘foot-in-mouth disease’.)

    • David Stevens April 28, 2013, 11:58 pm

      Hi Glynis,
      Eye is OK …Post Op check this Wednesday. Yes, a lot of people just look at what is in front of them and go with the flow or get swept along with what is happening at that time. It’s their choice however there is always the choice to take some control of where you want to go …and that’s often where I come in.
      Thanks for contributing.
      Be good to yoursewlf

  • Tess The Bold Life April 30, 2013, 1:31 am

    I’m glad everything went well. I never heard the Helen Keller quote before, “Look life straight in the eye.” I love it!

    • David Stevens April 30, 2013, 1:46 am

      Thanks Tess! … yes I like it as well
      be good to yourself

  • April 30, 2013, 11:11 am

    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this post.
    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!