I wake up every morning and look out my window. I find comfort in that view – my lens, my perspective. I often linger in my bed reading, drinking my coffee and taking in the view before I decide to tackle my day. About a week ago, I looked out that same window and suddenly corn had obstructed my view. For as far as I could see, I saw corn. It seemed like just overnight my view had changed. During these morning hours, I find myself thankful for my distance vision which still allows me to see clearly for what seems like an endless range. The things that are closest to me are not always so clear. I am no longer just referring to my vision. How I perceive the “things” or situations closest to me can often be quite blurry. Sometimes, I have to back away to gain clarity. Hmmm.
It made me realize that we get used to viewing situations, circumstances, and the world in general from our own unique perspectives. We get comfortable with our normals. Change often stifles us. Sometimes it is not so easy to just “roll with it.” Sometimes it takes some time for us to appreciate the new presence in our all too familiar day to day. Some of the things that present themselves in our lives are not always welcome, pleasant, or expected.
Let me explain. A friend of ours was diagnosed with colon cancer not very long ago. At first, I believe it stopped her in her tracks. I cannot imagine how she must have felt. If I had to guess, I would say panic, shock, fear, uncertainty along with feelings of “why me?” “why now?” probably filled her thoughts. I cannot imagine that she immediately felt grateful for this new “presence” in her life. Over time and through following her posts on social media, as a distant observer, I can clearly see the strength and gratitude for life that this “thing” that jumped into the forefront of her window has brought to her.
As for me, I have also learned that pulling the blinds only hides what lies behind them. If I pull mine, the field is still full of corn and it will be until it grows and matures and is harvested. My tendency has always been to pull the blinds. I am learning to dive right into the center of things and examine them up close – glasses required. After all, the things in life that come our way are not just going to magically disappear. They are placed in our field of vision and obstruct our view so that we will pay attention, learn and grow. It is really hard sometimes and often painful to deal with hurts and challenges. I am still very much a work in progress.
Most often, the challenge ends up not truly being about us, not about me at all. The challenge was placed in my field because I just happen to be equipped to deal with it. Sometime long ago, the seeds for handling the new challenge were already planted so I open the blinds and smile as I wait for the harvest. I am thankful I get to be a part. Our friend who has graciously endured cancer has been a demonstration of strength and faith for all to see. She has produced a beautiful harvest and it has extended way beyond her.
Whatever your challenge may be (and we all have them) try to realize it just might not be about you at all. Someone who desperately needs your example may be watching and you may never know the impact that you may have and how far it extends. Hopefully by doing so, you might find renewed strength in your struggle.
Until next time,