Saturday, January 18, 2020
Hey, You …
I wear contacts and glasses. I am near-sighted, which means I have trouble with my distance vision. As I’m getting more, ahem, seasoned … the distance is becoming shorter and shorter.
To complicate things, my left eye features astigmatism, a fairly common disorder causing blurry vision.
Ever since I’ve had to wear corrective lenses of any kind, my prescription each year is usually progressively stronger, even if by just a little. In other words, my vision has consistently gotten a little worse every year. This is the normal arc of anyone who needs correction to 20/20 vision.
This year when I went for my annual eye exam, something remarkable happened … my vision actually got a little better. I was surprised. Actually, I was a little elated inside.
The doctor said it was a little unusual, but not rare, for this to happen; and, my vision will probably begin to “level” out, and stay at the same prescription now for the foreseeable future.
Given the challenges I was served in the final months of 2019, I couldn’t help but see this (no pun intended) as a metaphor for my life, for my approach to my life, my thinking.
My vision got better.
My vision grew better.
My vision is better than before as I march in to 2020.
How could I ever miss the symbolism.
There’s a cue in yoga, especially for more challenging, balancing poses I give my students: Where the eyes go the body follows.
This encourages my yogis to keep their eyes lifted, focused forward, steady on strength, on grace, on self-reliance.
My eyes are better and so the body will follow.
My vision is stronger and so the spirit will follow.
My vision is better as I welcome this new year.
That left eye is still working with her astigmatism, but she’s found a way to tap in to some strength and hold hands with the weakness, to close the distance on far away things.
I am better than I was before.
I am stronger than I was before.
And my vision is the proof.
What is your vision looking like?
Happy new year.