I am grateful for sight and hearing and don’t ever want to take it for granted. These are senses that most of us are given from birth; not all of us though, and I am mindful of these people too. Even those of us who are given the gift of sight and hearing do find that as we age these gifts begin to “fade”.
This month Derek and I went to have our hearing checked. I am glad to say I am still within the normal range but Derek has damage to his left ear, from his youth, which we have known of for years. His hearing aid was tweaked and when he got home he was amazed by the bird song in our garden, “it was if the garden was on steroids.”
Well we also went to the optician two weeks ago and he was glad that his sight had not changed in 3 years but mine had. I am short sighted as well as having astigmatism. My astigmatism has changed quite a bit in the last three years which explains why I didn’t enjoy reading or doing handwork for long spells and often felt grumpy after reading or writing or crafting; it was eye strain.
Today I received my new glasses and now every time I look up into the trees I can actually see the birds hopping from branch to branch. I am almost surprised to see yet another bird up in the tree. You could almost say that I too think the garden is on steroids.
It might seem like a small thing but it is an absolute blessing to be able to hear and see properly and I am truly grateful.
- Imagine not being able to hear. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and out. Relax. Now listen to the sounds around you: people talking, laughing, cars driving past, dogs barking, and birds; imagine all the familiar sounds that surround you every day. Now imagine they are all taken away and you can’t hear or communicate with your world. How quiet would it be? It might seem nice for a while but continuous silence?
- Now imagine that you can’t see and what that would be like? Never seeing colour; never seeing your loved ones faces: the smiles, the joy, and the minute details of expressions.
Two examples of being very short sighted is: not being able to do your own make-up not never being able to drive. People learn to get by with their disabilities but they will experience challenges and difficulties. There is a part of their existence that is not the same as ours. Let’s be grateful for the gifts, talents and senses we have.