New Eyes

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

— Marcel Proust —


A couple of years ago, during my annual eye exam, my doctor asked me if my “floaters” bothered me.

Let me back up.

My eyes are a mess.

I was the lucky recipient of my first set of glasses in the first grade. I began wearing contact lenses in the seventh grade and still wear them.

I lose many balls on the golf course when I play alone because I can’t see where they are going.

Anyway, my reply to my doctor’s inquiry about my floaters– “Oh yeah, Doc, they bother me, but there is one floater which feeds beautifully into my hobby as an amateur birder.” He asked me what I meant. “I said, Doc, there is a floater in my right eye that looks like an eagle flying, and there are some days where I’m observing “eagles” all day long.


The opening quote caught my eye…literally.

It also caught my spirit.

How many “eagles” do we miss out on observing each day because we focus on the wrong things?

Stated differently…How many blessings do we miss out on because of our misperceptions of the landscape where the blessings live?


No matter how bad our sight may be.

No matter how difficult the landscape seems.

What we see is based upon our focus, and our focus is rooted in our beliefs.

My belief in God has continued to evolve, and He always gives me new eyes.

Eyes that still lose golf balls and see imaginary eagles.

But most importantly, eyes that focus on Him, His blessings, and the opportunities He offers to help others.

Psalm 101:3, “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.”


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