In The Eyes Of The Beholder
October 11, 2015 3:57pm CST
“Being blind is not always about seeing with your eyes.” Bernard Zeitler I’d like to ask a question. Have you ever had your eyes wide open and been able to see everything but still been blind? I have. An example of what I’m talking about is all around us. I can see that there is air but I really can’t see it. An odor can be smelled but not seen. Sound can be heard but not seen. Yet a few years ago a had a very serious Sinus infection. Because of my long history of Bronchitis and all the tests indicated that is what I had, my regular Dr. diagnosed Bronchitis and could not hear what I was saying as something else. A week later I was back because it was not getting better. I had a different Dr. who diagnosed a possible Sinus infection. The proper tests were ordered and the Dr. was right. The difference…. She was Blind. As a result her other senses were used. She could ‘see’ what I was saying. This is what it is for recovery, we need to always be alert. Look for what is not seen and see what is not visible. It helps to be aware of everything going on because it can save you in a time when your thoughts and urges are knocking on the ‘door’ of your old habits.
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• Kolkata, India
13 Oct 15
you are absolutely right. Most people walk in the streets blind, oblivious to what is happening or what is in the background, even with two fully functional eyes. Awareness is in lack these days because we are always preoccupied with something or the other. Opening our eyes for real, even sometimes, will do some good,
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
12 Oct 15
I also think that there is much more to see than what one can see from his point of view. The picture is sometimes a lot bigger than what one thinks. There was a movie about a blind man who was a masseur and knew how to fight with his sword even without seeing. His other senses were better, he was more focused and he knew people intentions better by their smell, his intuition... at the end he said - even when my eyes are opened, they see nothing. Well, many of us count mostly on vision and it's not enough. When dealing with an addiction, vision sure doesn't help. We need to look inside of us, be aware of our needs and deal with them.
12 Oct 15
Dad was a bronchitis patient for almost all of his life. I have seen him sit on sofa chairs struggling to breath in the nights as lying down was not comfortable at all. The last 10 years, however, have been different. He hasn't spent one night like that. I am inclined to believe that infection and discomfort comes down if you are at certain level about sea level. This is certainly an elevated place when compared to our other homes.