One of the best parts of spring is the opportunity to resume my outside time in the sun. In a state that brags about 300 days of sunshine per year, I never complain about that much sun and find it a priority to spend at least an hour in the back yard when I’m not teaching.
My most recent solitude also enabled me to resume my conversations with God. No, I don’t talk out loud to God and I don’t hear God’s voice but I do become aware of God’s presence in the thoughts that occur to me in solitary moments. The most recent journey concerned the subject of sight.
This was reinforced by the recent Academy Award nominee, The Sound of Metal, in which the principal actor lost his hearing. My interpretation suggests that his hearing ultimately had less importance than it did early in the film. Beyond that, I began to think about the importance of our senses and the need to protect them with all of our strength.
I’m not sure why I think often about losing my sight. While I wear corrective lenses and have for some time, I am always extremely careful about not taking any risks with regard to my eyes. More importantly, I am paying attention to everything around me, physically and intellectually.
We are daily inundated with the sights (and sounds) of our world. As we age, we become more and more sophisticated at filtering things out of our sight but I suggest that we need to see more, not less.
When I am shopping, I am always cognizant of those around me. Today, I had a chance to ask a man in motion if he wanted to go ahead of me in line. A short time later, I asked a store employee if she wanted my cart immediately, instead of my putting it in the cart corral where she would have to retrieve it. In the past several days, one of my neighbors was pleased and touched by a man in line ahead of her family who paid for the family’s lunch.
And now I am looking more, paying more attention to the visions around me, and watching the children in my classroom as closely as possible. Again, I am not worried about losing my sight. But I want to make certain that I absorb as many of the sights worth seeing, for all the time that I have available to see what’s important to see in my word. Shalom.