The absurdness of it all!
The thought of a going-blind blogger running around scavenging for photo ops and trying to produce good pictures! And spending more time trying to learn new techniques and polish skills! A little ridiculous, isn’t it?
I did all that again Saturday, just because I enjoy it. But as the day wound down, I thought how time had run through my fingers like gold coins through the prodigal’s. Hm, maybe a waste?
My blog is about aiming toward living more fully the Christian life. Any non-Christian could use up a day this way, posting photos. And with my corneal dystrophy I’m supposed to expect increasing vision loss till perhaps full blindness, and who can take and edit photos blind?!
That’s what I thought as I finished gathering photos.
I also thought, oh well, so what? It’s my “day off,” and as long as I can do this, why not enjoy it as much as possible?
I published the photo post yesterday morning, early.
And yesterday afternoon, late…
I heard those beloved footsteps on the stairway and yes, Husband came entering my little writing room — with a book in his hand, and no knowledge of my Saturday thoughts in his head.
He’s been reading Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, by Nick Vujicic, and he just came upon a passage he “had to” share.
It’s near the end of the book: about prize-winning photographer Glennis Siverson. — legally blind prize-winning photographer.
Diagnosed with a corneal disease (specifics not given) and a forecast of impending blindness, she’d followed doctor’s advice and gotten a cornea transplant that only made things nightmarishly worse, and meanwhile developed an “unrelated” (serious) vision problem in her other eye.
Yet she refused to call this a disablement — but rather, an enablement! Before, she said, her photography was too stiff and exacting. This loosened the stiffness, and freed creativity. So she wins awards for the results — and not as some kind of handicap, but on the playing field with the rest of the best.
“Being nearly blind has made me a better photographer,” she says.
And I get it!
I also note on her website her favorite scripture verse: “We walk by faith and not by sight.” A verse I’ve thought about a lot in the last year and a half.
Well! So now I’m even considering looking for a more sophisticated camera, and a tripod, and hoping to spend more time learning lots of new skills and tricks. And I’m thanking God profusely for this inspiring example.
In reviewing Exodus this morning, I “happened upon” the passage about how God filled Bezalel with His Spirit “to design artistic works… in all manner of workmanship” (Ex 31:1-5). And now I’m thinking that nowhere does scripture tell us how well he could see!
Is all this another set of mere “coincidences”? (Smile.)
Thanking God for these marvelous gifts:
~The limiting and gradual lessening of vision with these blessed consequences (most not mentioned before):
~~Push to greater creativity.
~~Seeing things as others don’t. (For instance, you know how photographers add sparkle and halos and edge blurs and such to photos to jazz them up? I see them naturally! ha!)
~~Sharper tuning in of hearing, and the “visions” of sounds (I’m pretty much an auditory-mode learner to start with — probably because my eyes never were too powerful.)
~~Enhanced tactile sense (I can feel whether a pan or plate in the dishwater is clean better than most people can see it. And… I always liked working with clay, and I’m thinking maybe of taking up sculpture again…)
~~Enhanced olfactory sense. (My father seemed almost part bloodhound, and I think I got some of that sharp sense of smell from him. Now it grows even more refined.)
~~Enhanced taste. (What do you do when you want to fully savor something delicious? Close your eyes, right?)
~~Huge appreciation of everything I still can see. I don’t take this for granted, and so don’t miss what many others may.
~~The inspiration from people like Nick Vujicic and Glennis Siverson and this blind quilter to live a “Ridiculously Good Life”!
How might you go about having a ridiculously blessed, good, and happy day today?