A woman walked into starbucks with a long pole that blind people use, it was an interesting sight, as she had never been in this location before, and the wand was moving back and forth at a rapid pace. It was also a bit longer than one would expect, longer than the young woman was tall. I am not trying to be comical, but if you can imagine a blind darth Vader with a light saber just wildly swinging a light saber while walking around the space – it would be similar, sans the laser vaporizing all in front of it.
She is a sweet young lady, I am guessing college age, and I think of the mrs’s ex husband – he too is a sweet man – yet, his journey is with retinosis pimentos, his eyes will shut down the gift of vision in time. I am hopeful that with modern technology, a man made solution will allow him to retain if not get a clear and full scope of vision in the next 10-15 years.
This young lady appears to have been blind for her life and never seen, yet, I am amazed at her balls. That is a good word for her. She is in a completely unfamiliar space…she doesn’t want any help, but is asking for me to guide her to the trash can, line to order coffee, but no help – just direction. It is amazing and humbling to watch and observe.
Perhaps that is how god is like in our lives if we choose. As humans, we tend to not want help and/or feel like we can do it all. The truth is, we can’t. But what we can do is ask direction – the right way, and god will provide us with that voice that guides us where he would like us to go.
That is the beauty of life, and love. It is a free will choice. How many times in life I was like that a blind dearth Vader swinging his light saber. What was different than me and that young lady at the time is that I would not listen.
Now I do my best to listen all the time. I am still working on the noise of the world reducing filters. Sometimes i get a moment of pure silence.
Have a great day. look, listen, taste, touch and smell in the world around you. if you do have a light saber...use it wisely. :o)
SIDENOTE: The young woman just came into the shop again, what amazes me is that in one day, she has remembered the interior of the store, almost like someone with normal site. A sighted man inadvertantly kicked her cane, and i am watching how she is using her mobile phone in a way that is really a valuable tool for her, isntead of a gizmo like may of us use. it is simply an amazing lesson, much like my robot researcher friends making tools for the aged and austistic...i see an amazing potential for robots in helping handicapped or people...what i pray for is that the artificial or cloned eye might come true in my lifetime, as i know a few people who can use them soon. i guess this is where innovation happens, you see the problem and have some ideas...then you try to solve the problem. one is never bored or looking for things to do. life is short. try.