“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
By: Henry David Thoreau
This quote reminds me of ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’. It also reminds me of perspective. Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? There are many ways to interpret this quote.
Why did I settle on this quote for this week? Well, I have had to wear glasses since the 4th grade – nearsighted and severe astigmatism. As an adult I wore contact lenses and used reading glasses. None of this helped at all when I went swimming. I could not see anything further away than arms length. It was really embarrassing to run in to someone while swimming, or lose your way back to where you left your things by the side of the pool. It does not inspire confidence I can tell you.
Eventually my eyes would not tolerate wearing the contact lenses so it was full time bifocals all the way.
Then one day I had lasik done. Best thing I ever did. What lasik does not do is stop the natural aging process. So here I am 5 years later and I need vision correction again. Yes. It’s bifocals again. The situation is different now because I can still see well enough to go swimming without getting lost or running in to anyone.
So this quote holds yet another meaning for me. It’s literal today. Now I can actually see what I am looking at.
How do you interpret this quote? What does it mean for you?