A lot of people rely on their eyes for so many things, but should we? Many people will sometimes look at a young child who wears “hand me down clothes” and automatically assume that this child is educationally challenged (without fully knowing for sure). We can often look at people who are rich and/or famous and assume they don’t have ordinary problems like the rest of us do. We will look at doctors believing that they know what’s best for us to stay healthy and yet they don’t live any longer than the rest of us. Yes, sight can be our biggest blessing, but it can also be our biggest detriment. People will form relationships and fall in love based on sight (at least initially) and often ignore the other signs that might cause a red flag later on. When I teach people how to play an instrument, I always try to tell them to try playing it without looking down at it. That’s because music should always be “heard or felt.” When you concentrate on looking where to place your fingers then that means you are focusing less on “how’ to play the song with feeling. For those who want to improve I simply tell them to practice “in the dark.” That way they have to rely more on what they “hear” to make music. I usually provide an example. If you are in a pitch black room trying to get out, why do so with your eyes wide open? You won’t be able to see anything anyway. Should you try “closing” your eyes, then you might be able to rely more on your “other” senses for getting out. We are a “visual” society, but sight isn’t everything… There are things on the “inside” of objects and people that sight can’t give us access to. Under those circumstances it might be wiser to use your “heart and your mind.” My father used to say that it isn’t the color of the balloon that makes it rise, but what’s on the inside. If we can focus more on the “internal instead of the external,” we may be able to find that out for ourselves… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always i wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Linda Carter (She used to be Wonder Woman and now sings country music) and Brett Jolly