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Because I Have Eyes To See

Because I Have Eyes To See

 

Beautiful Flowers to See

Beautiful Flowers to See

Because these eyes are dealing with disease that slowly robs me of sight, I’ve spent a lot of time pondering over the blessing of what I can see. Where, at one time, I may have  casually seen things in passing,  it’s no longer that simple. With the illness, this whole sight gift is more beautiful, full, and awesome than ever.  So for today’s post, I will sneak in beautiful photos of some of the treats available for the looking…
Just a smattering of visual delights that we enjoy with our eyes.

Beauty of nature's flowers

Beauty of nature’s flowers

I don’t want to take anything for granted. Not one smile. Not looking into the shining eyes of a loved one. Not one perfect flower or jaw-droppingly beautiful sunset. Not one huge moon. Nothing. Because I have come to joyfully appreciate that I can still see things.
Like the red moon the first of this week. What a heart stopping gift to see! The glories of Mother Nature are simply awesome.

Amazing Moon

Amazing Moon

This is different from the fear I had a few years ago, when we learned the sight was ebbing away. Amazing how making this shift has brought joy in quiet, overflowing ways. Meanwhile, it has taken away the sting of severe glaucoma and offered me a quiet, sweet

Remember?

Remember how I am with you, always, during hard times? Remember that you are loved and compensated? Remember that I am over all things, that my eye is on the sparrow so I am aware of you and love you? Remember that all things give you experience, and can be for your good?

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me

(Thank you, Greg Olsen, for so many beautiful paintings of the Savior, like the one above.)

This little issue has become a reminder of the Lord who created me, to begin with.  His love and blessings, his watch care give me courage and gratitude while it keeps my faith intact. A precious experience, actually.

Despite the days when I am feeling sad or frustrated, He steers me through and carries the weight of the problem. Just as He does for you, with your problems. I have begun to see that sight is more than what I visualize with my mortal eyes. It’s what I process in my heart. And the gratitude inside my soul magnifies the beauties right in front of my eyes.

Family at a Color Festival

Family at a Color Festival

A picture of beloved family members is a treasure. Fun, colorful ones when they’re having fun is even better!

P.S. My sharing today isn’t about Oh I have this and that, and wah is me. It’s a celebration of how – regardless of what I deal with, or what comes my way, I don’t have to do it alone. There is heavenly help close by to uplift me, to help me through, to grant me peace and to remind me of all the blessings still available rather than to focus on the negative or loss. I hope this makes sense.

Beauty of a Sunset

Beauty of a Sunset

It’s the little tweaking of attitude that is given me [I don’t think I’m brave enough or well enough equipped to come up with it on my own] to keep me above the waves and delighting – much of the time- in the possibilities rather than limitations.

Happy Flowers

Happy Flowers

The whole reason I’m sharing this is because I Don’t Want To Take Anything For Granted. Ever Again.  Every single day gives me the chance to see drops on a single pedal of a single sweet flower. I get to Facetime with my daughter and see their smiles and fun, silly faces. Their beautiful eyes and fun Italian influenced hand actions!

Sweet Loving Hands

Sweet Loving Hands

What I see is – in great measure- what I feel and entertain inside. Whether I see and enjoy the good gifts around me is my choice. If I choose, and accept the Savior’s tending, my faith is always going to be stronger than any difficulty that comes my way.  That is comforting and sweet, and blesses to SEE in new, better ways.  Such goodness.

And goodness matters.  It really does.

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  1. Dear Vickey, what a beautiful reminder that beauty is not only meant to be seen, but far more important it is to be appreciated, created and shared. I will think about you often when something strikes that sweet chord of beauty and light!xxoo Mary Anne

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    • Hi Mary Anne. Thank you very much for writing here. I feel honored… and appreciative… and humbled by your words. This journey with sight/ or less, has a beautiful purpose, I find more and more all the time. Your message struck a sweet chord in my heart. Love you.

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  2. Vickey,
    I, too have glaucoma, and have realized how easily I took my eyesight for granted most of my life. I appreciate that I am still able to see, and I am much more careful of my eyes now. I am so thankful for having you as a dear friend, and for your wonderful insight that you bring into my world each day! You are a true Godsend , not only to me, but to all of your other family, friends and readers of your blog. Thank you for being you!
    Much love,
    Marguerite <3

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    • Thanks so very much, Marguerite. I’ve had fiver surgeries now… and it’s interesting how things with the eyes seem – different, somehow, that other ailments. You, like I, can appreciate these eyes of ours! Here’s the gift and blessing – realizing what we HAVE and letting go of what we don’t .. don’t you think? Thank you. xoxo

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  3. Gorgeous pictures and beautiful thoughts. Living with gratitude for what we see and everything else, helps it all seem brighter.

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    • Yes it does, Lisa! More and more I understand why we should keep Gratitude near the very top of our list, and find things to celebrate every single day. I DO believe that some things I can still see are more vibrant than they’ve ever been. Probably because I appreciate it more – there’s that gratitude you spoke of. Thank you, Lisa. 🙂

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  4. Such wise words. I have known a couple of people who were losing their eyesight and it seems to me that they are often compensated by receiving “inner eyesight” or spiritual eyesight. You definitely have that. Thank you for helping me to appreciate (again) the many gifts I enjoy. It’s hard to be grateful for something, if you don’t understand that it can be taken away at any time.

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    • You write so beautifully – just like ‘you’ live. 🙂 I know of your goodness, Paulette, and your can – do attitude in the face of adversity. Thank you for your sweet, tender words. I love you and appreciate you. We are all in this together – all of us – aren’t we? 🙂

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  5. A BEAUTIFUL message today, Vickey, and always. You have given me a renewed sense of appreciation for sight, touch, sound, smell, hearing; things I sometimes forget to remember until I don’t have them or I am struggling with them.

    I thank you for your beautiful sentiment of “I have begun to see that sight is more than what I visualize with my mortal eyes. It’s what I process in my heart”. That seems to encapsulate the message I needed today and the things I needed to be reminded of that matter most.

    Thank you for your goodness, your hope, your faith, and your enduring righteously. You have blessed my life more than you will ever know. I thank you for being able to laugh, to cry, and to find joy and beauty in all things around us.

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    • I’ll treasure these words of your, Heidi. It’s not until we hit the wall of things being taken away, some of us anyhow, that we realize what is there. While I make family members laugh often when what I think I see… is something very different. Picture, for example, driving down a road and I say, “Oh… look at that man. Is he okay? He’s bent over as though something is wrong.” To find out it’s not a man. It’s a dog. Or a stump. Or whatever… Ha. It does make for some funny moments.
      Meanwhile, quietly, I celebrate that I can see anything at all, and sometimes keep my mouth shut so as not to humiliate myself further. ha
      Regardless, there is so much goodness and beauty and loveliness around and about. So much to celebrate in joy. Thanks, my friend. Truly.

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  6. Vickey, no one that knows you would ever mistake this blog for you feeling badly for yourself. You are way too evolved for that, my dear sweet friend. The things that God has given us-our bodies, our senses, our mind and all that it is capable of…..these are things we tend to take for granted, until they begin slipping away from us. I know that it surely has to be sad to be losing a sense that gives you so much delight-vision is what gives us forever memories. And thanks to Heavenly Father for allowing our minds to be able to store all the beautiful and magnificent things we’ve seen, inside it. You will always remember the beauty of the sun coming up over the mountains, the faces of those you love…all the things you have experienced with your eyes. I admire more than words can tell, your faith and reliance in the Savior to be there with you, to help you throughout this journey we call “life.” You are so courageous. You are just one of the most courageous and faith-filled women I’ve ever had the pleasure to know personally. I wish we lived closer so that we could visit. I could stand to learn so much from you in every way. No response required. You are so humble-I just want you to know how much I admire the Godly way you live your life, and your outlook not only through the fun and silly times…..but through those dark and uncharted trials that the Lord blesses us all with. I know you are a special delight, in His eyes. God Bless ♥ xoxo

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    • Oh Debbie. What kind words… much and deeply appreciated. Thank you. I wish we lived closer too. I do know His eye is on each of us, and there is a reason/lesson in all the things we encounter in our life. Isn’t it good to know we are never alone? Plus, the goodness of friends- whether near or far- bring strength and help So Much! Love you, Debbie.

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