An Ailment of the Eyes
Recently, I came down with an old fashioned case of the dreaded pink eye. Otherwise known medically as conjunctivitis, the symptoms of this ailment include several annoying things, like redness, itchiness, and waking up goopy.
It’s been a long time since anything has been wrong with my eyes. I couldn’t see very well in 2nd grade, but got glasses in the 3rd, contacts in the 8th and then had Lasik surgery at 41, no longer needing either one.
So, I didn’t like having this eye condition one little bit. I had to go to the pharmacy for eye drops, pamper myself with hot compresses, and worse – adjust my makeup routine to work around it.
And then I was reminded of this quote by Helen Keller.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Now, you know I’m SO all about adventure, right? I love thinking adventurously, planning adventures, and encouraging Texans Over Fifty to live lives filled with everyday intention toward it.
But Helen Keller couldn’t see, and I can.
How could a person who can’t see come to view life as a daring adventure, I wondered. I mean, she was b-l-i-n-d. Not only that, she had to learn to speak by touching the throat of someone who could talk.
As I prayed about the state of my otherwise healthy eyes, I asked God to increase in me whatever it was that would give a blind person such vision as Helen Keller possessed.
Though her eyes were opened, it was only her mind that really saw.
I want my mind to “see” that way, too. Making the most of what I’ve been given. Not complaining. Looking for adventure in every moment, even, or especially, in the ones that are difficult to get through.
The reality of it is, that for a blind person to embrace life as a daring adventure, his mind must envision what his eye cannot see. That’s a profound thought, isn’t it? Especially for those of us Over Fifty.
Seeing it for Ourselves
That means that when our bodies don’t continue to do for us what they’ve always done, our minds and memories can take over. When our knees can no longer endure hours of running down the basketball court, we can use all we know about the game to coach a kids’ team. When encountering a physical limitation, we can spend the down time writing our memoirs or that book that’s always been on the back burner.
Basically, when our physical eyes have trouble seeing much on the trail ahead, adventure is never far away from the eye of the mind. We must merely be intentional about creating it.
What little (or big!) adventures are next for you? Learn a new hobby? Read your way through a classic you’ve never read before? Memorize Scripture? Master a yoga headstand? Or, like a Facebook friend of mine Over Fifty, would you like to post pics of you and one of your adult children at the top of a 13,000 mountain you just climbed together? How cool is that??
Whatever it is, whatever it will be, I’m very proud of you for keeping on, my friends.
After all, life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Encouraging a life filled with everyday intentional adventure, sometimes created only in the eye of the mind,