You don’t need sight to have vision. Be careful what you ask for. These two quotes may seem trite, but they carry a lot of wisdom. While many of us expect some kind of journey to find vision in our lives, the truth is… it’s been right in front of us the entire time. Here’s why perfect vision isn’t always 20/20.
When times are good, it’s easy to say that we want to find vision for our lives.
When times are bad, it’s easy to wallow in the misery and ignore the life lessons.
But at the end of the day… the answer has been right in front of us the entire time.
Here are three examples.
Oh and PS – example #2 shares God’s vision for us. If you aren’t a churchy kinda person, skip to the last one because that final example is GOLDEN!
#1 – Blind Faith
(This is an excerpt taken from Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide circa August 11, 2011.)
This morning, I’m standing on the corner in downtown DC, waiting to cross the street. A blind man approaches with his cane. Without the beeping crosswalks, how do you know when it’s safe to cross the street?
I closed my eyes to experience his world. Not only could you hear the shift in traffic, but you could actually feel the energy of the street change.
You don’t need sight to have vision.
Today was just an average, ordinary, normal Tuesday. With two big exceptions.
I have been very blessed and have worked very hard to have a successful career. Cancer is a game-changer.
I inherited a family while going through this. It’s not just me anymore. I have my health to take care of. And my boys to take care of. Last year, at the same time as this cancer thing started, I got a big promotion at work. But a demanding and stressful management job is not the best thing for me right now.
After many months of deliberation, I decided to step down, and I signed the paperwork this morning. It was an extreme honor to be appointed to a very coveted position. It’s a greater honor to have the support to shift my primary focus to my health and my boys.
That was my morning. My afternoon was three hours spent at the hospital going through the first round of post-treatment tests. Oh you know… the ones that determine if the cancer is gone. No big deal. The irony is that work has been so crazy lately, I didn’t even have time to think about today’s tests to the point where I actually forgot about them. Which is probably good.
The techs reviewed all of the films and gave the declaration… HOLLY BERTONE IS CANCER FREE. (put your hands in the air shake your derriere).
Irony of ironies… on the same day one year ago… I was at my first doctors appointment two days after finding the lump.
Life always has a way of coming back around full circle.
You don’t need sight to have vision.
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#2 – God’s Vision for Us
So pretty much the entire Bible is God’s vision for us. But there are three verses that really speak to me and I hope they speak to you as well.
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe. – John 20:29
Show me the way I should go for in you I entrust my life. – Psalm 143:8
And my personal favorite…
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
#3 – January 1, 2020
Let’s rewind back to January 1, 2020.
Stop reading for a moment and take yourself back to that day.
Like so many other people… did you play off the year 2020 and make a statement, goal, or affirmation:
“2020 is going to be the year of my perfect vision.”
“I’m going to have perfect vision for my life in 2020.”
WE. ALL. DID.
And Then IT Happened
Three months later… our world completely changed.
We had to stay inside and socially distance when we were outside.
We could only go out for emergency/essentials.
We lost our jobs.
We lived in fear.
We were brought back to the bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – food, water, safety, security.
And after time… after the “new normal” set in…
We realized we were in a toxic relationship and decided to get out.
We realized we hated our job and started looking for a new one.
We realized we could fulfill our dream of owning our own business.
We realized our financial situation was sh*t and we needed to plan better.
We realized we aren’t taking care of ourselves and we need to eat better and exercise more.
We realized how quickly we could learn to be resourceful with what we already have.
We realized we haven’t been going to church as much and joined online services.
We realized how important our family and loved ones are to us.
We realized we are stronger than we think. Psst… it’s called FORTITUDE!
Is it me, or does all of this sound like perfect vision for our lives?
It’s unfortunate that it sometimes takes a tragedy or traumatic event to understand what is really important in our lives.
Back in 2010, I said from the beginning that cancer was a gift. I didn’t know what it meant at the time, it was simply a peace that I felt.
Throughout the past 10 years, I learn every day more and more what that gift truly means.
The gift of love.
The gift of happiness.
The gift of laughter.
The gift of faith.
The gift of family.
The gift of friendship.
The gift of forgiveness.
The gift of hope.
And that my friends… is why perfect vision isn’t always 20/20.
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Love, hugs, and you don’t need sight to have vision.
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