Mid-October 2022 Newsletter
Hello, and a marvelous open-hearted Mid-October to you!
Do you feel in control?
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
Today's issue is about being in control, or not.
With natural disasters like hurricanes and floods, the pandemic and other health crises, to say nothing of our chaotic politics, I doubt many people feel in control
in their lives right now. This angry street mob could represent my mental turmoil at times, as I just try to get through my day, feeling like the simplest
tasks are constantly getting disrupted. "Go with the flow" isn't so easy when the flow seems like a raging torrent!
Maybe it's the season, with school underway and the lazy summer firmly behind us now, but most people I know seem to be starting new projects or classes. I get
multiple offers every week myself to sign up for something which sounds enticing, though I have little free time to fit it in. Personal self-care tasks like
a dental checkup or a haircut or a financial review all seem to be coming at once, and managing my constantly changing calendar is taking more time than ever.
It feels like Life regularly wants me to go faster than is comfortable for me.
One way of coping is to do less, to make my daily to-do list shorter. Since a trait I like about myself is that I get a lot done, this is tricky. I'm learning
that my value is more than my accomplishments, and I can still feel worthwhile if I let my chores go to connect with a friend, or just go for a long walk when
it's an unexpected sunny day. If I do need to justify this to my taskmaster self, I might say I'm recharging my batteries so I can be more productive!
The connection with vision improvement here is obvious to me, since as the wisdom teachers say "how you do one thing is how you do everything". My goal is not to
do a certain amount of eye chart practice or palming or sunning every day, then criticize myself for not being in control of my life or schedule if I can't seem
to fit every bit of that in. My intention every day is to appreciate my eyes and vision, and care for them the best I am able, with whatever time I have.
Caring for my eyes might mean taking them for a walk to look at trees and the sky, after they've just helped me negotiate a stressful drive, rather than forcing them to
look at a computer screen right away and continue to "perform". One of the first things I realized when I started vision improvement was how punishing I'd been to my visual
system in the past, ignoring its complaints of eyestrain and fatigue. Every good teacher or boss knows that treating students or employees with respect and appreciation will
inspire them to do their best.
When I was a child trapped behind thick strong eyeglasses, I didn't feel in control of much, certainly not of my eyesight which seemed to get worse every year. Now, though I'm
older and have more responsibilities than I did then, I have more choices and resources too. While I still can't control the weather or the behavior of others, I can usually keep myself
in a steady enough emotional state to control my reaction to disturbing events. Some days can feel like I'm trying to dance while the floor is moving underneath me, so I just try to keep my balance,
and have fun. Feeling in control, at least loosely, comes from how you look at it.
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Enjoy the rest of this oh-so-good month of October.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!