The Power of Vision is the lens through which you view the possibilities of your journey. If your windshield is obstructed or blurry, then you’re going to have a hard time telling if you’re on the right path in life, or whether you are still even on the road at all.
How many people wander through life in a blizzard of bewilderment, not being able to see five feet in front of them? How many people drive off course and never even notice? Or, how many people notice that they’ve hit an obstacle and aren’t going anywhere, but have no idea it was their lack of vision that landed them where they are?
Most people who wear corrective eye wear, whether glasses or contact lenses, can tell you exactly what it felt like the first time they viewed the world through their new lenses. I was in fifth grade by the time anyone noticed that my vision was impaired. I couldn’t see the chalkboard in school and my grades were suffering. I had headaches at the end of the day from all the squinting that I did. I also became more introverted because it’s hard to interact with people when you can’t see their expressions.
After I failed an eye exam at school, Mom and Dad took me to the optometrist/ophthalmologist to get examined, and it was determined that I needed glasses. We ordered the glasses and then went back about a week later to pick them up and get them fitted.
I remember wearing my new glasses home from the doctor’s office like it was yesterday. I was amazed that I could see each blade of grass and every leaf on the trees. From the back seat of the car, I excitedly told my parents about each new wonder I saw with my new glasses. It’s an amazing thing to not be able to see, to not even know you can’t see, and then suddenly be given the gift of vision.
I think that one of the most important components of this story is that even with all of the symptoms of nearsightedness I evinced, I was completely clueless that I had a problem. I had never been nearsighted before, didn’t know what it was, and certainly didn’t have the ability to self-diagnose my condition. Additionally, for quite some time, no one around me knew that I had a problem either.
My point is that you don’t have to be aware that your vision is bad to suffer the consequences. You can walk through the world, bump into things, and be completely oblivious that you have a problem.
Excerpted from The Seven Powers of Success; Unlock Your Strengths, Unleash Your Dreams. www.charlesmarshall.net © 2013 Charles Marshall