It’s funny how we take things for granted. Take my eyesight, for example… I’ve always had good eyesight. Yes, I need glasses for reading but that’s only because my arms are no longer long enough. 😉
Now I’d like to say that I’ve never had any problems with my eyes, but that isn’t quite true. Like many people, I’ve had the odd glitch. But apart from my first bout of optic neuritis (and that we really scary), problems only last a few weeks, maybe a few months, and then I can cope again.
And I love using my eyes. I love painting, writing, playing the piano… all things that require reasonably good eyesight. And then suddenly…. it’s just not there any more. I’m seeing things that aren’t there, and not seeing things that are.
It’s tempting to throw up my hands and just have a good cry. And then I thought…. well, maybe I can’t see well enough to paint flowers from life… but I still have memories, I still have technique, I still ‘know’ what I am supposed to do.
So maybe this enforced period of difficulty is actually going to usher in a new phase, a time of spiritual awakening. A time or painting with the heart instead of with the eyes.
As for the writing, well one of my daughters has kindly got me a gizmo that types as I speak which is great…. and a hand held tape recorder… and I can still touch type. So really, all that’s happening is that as one sense pulls back, the spirit gets a chance to shine.
Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it….:)
PS I knoow I haven’t got around to replying to your kind comments yet, but they’ve been read to me and I really do appreciate them. I’m quite convinced that the healing thoughts and gentle kindness I’ve received from my blogfriends has made an enormous difference, and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for that. 🙂