The Art of Seeing Clearly

I have worn glasses since 7th grade. I would hint at how long ago that was but suffice it to say that it was just after dirt was created.

Glasses provide unique challenges and ways to see the world. At first, I had to find out what near-sighted and far-sighted meant…and still get them confused even though their names imply what is clear. My limitation? Things in the distance were not truly clear but I could see everything with clarity when it was right in front of my nose…literally.

So, what are the benefits of getting glasses? I did not have to worry about flying objects going into my eyes. I did not have to squint when the wind was stronger than a puff of air. I could see better than 20/20 vision.

And the downsides…there is always a ying-yang relationship to everything. Style…good grief. Plastic frames, metal frames, frames on top but not bottom, aviator style, square, rectangle, circle, granny, colored (both plastic and metal), and on and on. Just to choose the right style, the right width for my face, and the right color is enough to keep me far away from any upgrades needed. But of course, the styles dictate the lens shape and when something goes out of style, I must turn in my glasses and do without to have special lenses made or go through the rigmarole of choosing a new pair.

And that lasted me for decades.

Then it happened…the age thing.

Nearsightedness slowly gave way to the creeping of years. Now I am “blessed” to wear a pair of glasses that brings both things in the distance and those that are close into focus. Whether it be bifocals, progressive, “office,” or whatever name is used to describe it, I now have glasses which allow me to see clearly in all situations.


Almost all situations…

They work well 98% of the time. In fact, they work well 100% of the time with effort.  Positioning the head makes the difference so much so that I have elected to purchase “reading,” “computer,” or “office” glasses whose specialty is to allow clear vision at 3 foot distance looking straight ahead, and 1 foot for close reading. Less headaches when trying to gain clarity.

So now I have two pairs of glasses. Well, okay to be honest, three pair of glasses in case I misplace one of my reading glasses.

Life lesson? There are those whose vision and plans are clear. There are those who gain clarity by looking at the plans, ideas and projects that are immediately in front of them. And there are those who lose vision and get overwhelmed by the mundane or inexhaustible options.

Gaining clarity requires choice. Obtaining focus is hard work. There will always be times when plans become blurry and it takes a re-positioning, a re-centering of self to gain a new perspective.

But, if we find a vision, establish a road map and checkpoints along the way, then everything becomes clearer and a bit easier.

And it’s good to make sure there is a plan for those times when we get lost…when a second pair of glasses, a second opinion, or a friend and ally is of immense value and required to get us back on track to 20/20 vision.

(final note: there are times when it is good to be slightly out of focus — to rest, recuperate, and relax)