During the day I wear contact lenses. The problem with that is that, while my distance vision is good, I can't see well enough to read anything close to me or to clearly work on my computer. So, I have computer glasses that I keep at my desk, and another pair of fancy schmancy glasses that I take to meetings that allow me to read paperwork in front of me but still clearly see other faces in the meeting.
I have a (very expensive) pair of progressive lenses that I wear when I'm not wearing my contacts. With those babies I can see far and I can see near. I usually only wear those at home though.
I carry a pair in my purse so I can read menus and labels when I am shopping.
I have a pair in my home office, a pair in my knitting box, a pair in the bathroom, and a pair in the kitchen.
Last night as I was getting ready for bed I took out my contact lenses stood for a moment looking at the orchid that Gerry had given me a few days ago. Without the benefit of corrective lenses of any kind, I saw those beautiful blooms with a clarity that I had not seen before. They were stunning!
With my aging eyes naked, so to speak, I found that my vision for things right in front of my face is crystal clear. Being the introspective sort that I am I wondered if there was a lesson there for me.
I wonder, as we get older, if we're meant not to focus more on what's "out there" but to turn our eyes and our attention to that which is right in front of us. Important things like family, friends, and that which we were meant to spend our time on.
Could it be that there comes a time when we are meant to stop driving so hard to attain some of those goals we had when we were younger?
Could it be that it's okay to take the time to play with a baby, read a book, take a nap, and marvel at the beauty of an orchid?