Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #114

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Today I am thankful for contact lenses. As a little girl I wore glasses, and though I was thankful for the correction that those glasses gave to my vision, I was not a fan of having to wear glasses. The lenses of my glasses would get wet and fog up when I got caught in the rain. I had to take my glasses off in order to swim, take a shower, etc. And the first thing I did when I woke up in the morning was reach for my glasses.

So, one Saturday my mother took me to obtain contact lenses and my life was not the same after that. Sure, switching from wearing glasses to wearing contact lenses primarily is not in and of itself a huge thing. But for someone who knew what it was like to have crisp and clear vision again, including peripheral vision, without having to have glasses resting on her nose, to not be concerned with removing her glasses from her face in order to go swimming, enjoy being in a sauna, and walk in the rain, the introduction of contact lenses into my life made all of the difference.

In addition to benefiting me in physical ways, switching to wearing contact lenses also brought with it emotional benefits. As a little girl I was somewhat self conscious about wearing glasses. Unfortunately children can sometimes be very cruel, and eyeglasses apparently had a way of guaranteeing that negative attention would come your way. So, when I switched to wearing contact lenses my confidence rose tremendously. Certainly by the time that I began wearing contact lenses I had reached the point where I knew that people would behave however they chose to behave towards me no matter what I did, and that it had nothing to do with whether or not I wore glasses or contact lenses. Nevertheless, switching to wearing contact lenses definitely boosted my spirits.

Now I wear contact lenses so often that I hardly even give it much thought. But on occasion I do find myself thinking back on that Saturday when contact lenses became a part of my life, and a gentle smile lines my face. Here’s to seeing clearly and peripherally. See, I bet you are smiling now too. Be blessed. #lovebythedrop

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