Sitting in complete darkness, feeling the warm sunshine, breathing fresh clean air, smelling the light scent of flowers, grasses, plants, trees, listening to geese honking, occasional eagles and hawks screeching and the gentle splashing of fish jumping and swimming, is very relaxing and rejuvenating (for me). As the sun sets and the vibrant bright day transitions to dusk, the air slowly cools and the sounds of geese give way to the deep croaking of bullfrogs and my contentment becomes complete. As day turns to night and the sky becomes inky black, except for the brilliant twinkling stars and bright moon; my physical vision is unchanged from when the sun shined brightly during the day.
Why isn’t there any light perception between day and night for me? Does this distinction really matter for contentment, tranquility and fulfillment?
About twelve years ago I became completely blind instantly, after a critical medical condition almost took my life. I have accepted the fact I will never again see the sights I described above with physical sight as I continue to enjoy the beauty and relaxation of the outdoors.
When I am out in the country, or any city, for that matter, I never allow my lack of physical vision to interfere with the joys and sensations I can experience when I utilize all my senses available to me, and do not focus on what I can’t experience. Most of the time I never even think about not having physical sight, because I am too busy actively experiencing the world all around me. On a recent trip to a lake, I was able to share life’s joys and blessings with others, in spite of the fact I am in complete darkness, like the inky black sky of the night I describe above, less the stars and moon light.
When I am invited and accept gracious invitations to locations I can’t get to easily without eyesight, or participate in events, where you might think eyesight is required; I do not hesitate, or even think about not being able to see or participate in any or all activities others might be experiencing.
Other people with disabilities or challenges, or even those without any disabilities or challenges might experience the same attitudes and beliefs when choosing and accepting to fully experience life.
Do you have any experiences you want to share, with examples, where you expanded your alternate senses? Any tips to help us enjoy life, despite any challenges or obstacles.
We look forward to hearing your valuable comments.
Global Dialogue Center