Sitting here looking at the word sight, yes, like all the others, I see more than the obvious. While seeing with our eyes is the first thing that comes to mind, there are other ways as well. Let’s explore.
1) Our eyes
a) Our physical vision is often taken for granted, We look around and we see our surroundings. We read, we watch television, we see the landscape around us. A child will not know, that they may not be seeing well, or our vision as adult may gradually deteriorate and we not notice or ignore that we are not seeing as well.
There was a time when I was going for yearly exams, I knew I wasn’t seeing perfectly but I took it to be something you deal with. I would take the exams, get new glasses and still not see clearly. It was frustrating to say the least. Changing doctors brought the discovery that I had an eye condition called Keratoconus. (https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/eye-health-keratoconus#1 ) Going from regular glasses to rigid contacts made all the difference. This is not the only reason one could be having vision problems. Listening to the doctor then and reading this article now reminds me of the importance of regular exams.
b) Seeing color. As one who loves color, I can’t imagine being color blind. I have known people who were partially colorblind, meaning they had difficulties with certain colors. I don’t recall knowing anyone totally colorblind. Even though they understand there is a great deal they are missing, without ever having actually seen the colors, they can’t fully understand. The videos of people getting those glasses allowing them to see color for the first time always gets to me. A quick web search will show you these glasses.
c) Night blindness. The inability to see well at night, where everything is a blur.
I’ll admit it, I hate driving at night. I can, but those drivers who think they have to have headlights bright enough to be seen from the International Space Station do not make it easy. But that is another issue.
The thing is, our physical vision allows us to experience life greater. We see our children, our home, our family and pets. We walk down a country lane in Autumn and see the explosion of color or a field of wildflowers in the Spring. A stroll through a museum allowing us to see great works of art, or a theater where we enjoy a play. We see the expressions on the face of loved ones and friends. The clear blue sky or the one filled with approaching storm clouds, the tree branches hanging low due to the burden of heavy snow. It is a gift.
Wait, what about those other forms of sight?
2) The heart. Love, is a form of sight. As with family, we see their love for us and others. We feel, but we also see when they are hurting or happy. The same with friends and even strangers on the street. If we allow and acknowledge, we see their suffering and needs. It is up to us to act on what we see. Our heart sees, sometimes even better than our eyes, the way people really are. Whether they act in kindness or act in under cover ugliness.
3) The soul. We all have a soul, that inner part of us that nudges us from time to time. Similar in some ways to the heart, it draws our attention to the needs of others. Not just those we know or pass on the street, but to those who are more distant. It allows us to recognize needs that we can assist with or find those who are able. It prods us with a gentle, you have extra of this, you can share.
4) The conscious. That little voice that calls you out and gives you better sight and insight on something you did or didn’t do. The voice that shows you a truth in yourself. A wrong you may have done, whether deliberate or accidental.
5) Emotion. Yes, emotions are feelings, but those feelings give us sight. We see the magic of a smile or laugh from happiness. We see the pain and heartbreak of tears. We see the frustrations of one struggling to accomplish something. We see, the determination of one bound to succeed. We see the anger of one wronged. Seeing, brings understanding.
How do you pick a sight to be thankful for, when each one has its own importance? How do you say, I appreciate this above that, when all are a building block one on the other in making life a much more grand experience? For me, I would have to be thankful for the insight to understand all sight is essential and to be appreciated.