This incident reminded me once again that my attitude is central to how well I can see. I dropped a small earring, which skittered across the floor, clicked as it bumped into a wooden chair leg, then “disappeared”. My energy slumped immediately, a feeling of discouragement coming over me — I would never find it now. Then I caught myself. Wait a minute! My vision is pretty good! It is no longer the past when I wore thick glasses and could hardly see anything without them.
Taking a deep breath to center myself, I closed my eyes. I visualized the earring. I reminded myself I had as much time as I needed to look for it. No one was standing over me impatiently, pushing me to rush. I bent down to the floor to the nearest chair leg which I thought was probably the one the earring had bumped against. This would be the starting point of my search. It was a cloudy day, but considerable light was coming in the nearby window. I knew I could go get a flashlight which might glint off the silver, if I couldn’t find the earring by natural light.
Well, I located it right away, in a little more than a second! At first I was astonished. Then I quickly adjusted my attitude to “Of course I found it. Why wouldn’t I?”, along with a big dose of gratitude. Every experience like this increases my confidence in my vision. It also leads me to wonder if there are other areas where I am expecting not to see, before I even look, and makes me want to change those habits. Are there parts of your life where “success is not an option”, where you think you can’t do something so don’t even consider trying it? Henry Ford’s words come to mind, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right!”. I choose to believe I can see what I need to see. I hope you do too.