We’re so adaptable! It’s crazy how adaptable the human being is. I just picked up new glasses yesterday from the local optometrist. I’ve advanced to needing aid with my distance vision. I’ve worn reading glasses for years but now it’s more difficult to see things far off too. Driving and TV viewing are the biggest challenges. (One is obviously more important than the other, though my value of either depends on the present moment desire.)
My appreciation for my own adaptability has sharpened along with my vision this week. The progressive lens eyeglasses allow me more freedom to see all the time, no matter what I’m doing, with the added benefit of not having to look for my glasses. But with a progressive lens, there’s an art to finding the sweet spot of clarity, which is constantly changing, subject to the chore at hand. Sounds a lot like life in 2018.
Looking for clarity in these hazy, confusing, changing times can be tricky. But I’m convinced there is a sweet spot if we’re willing to find it. Even a small attempt to appreciate one’s life brings great change to how we experience the world. Expecting to see beauty or feel an intimate connection to life, to God, to this glorious Universe, can alter perspective tremendously.
In eyewear they say it takes about a week or so to adapt. The cultural change the world seems to be moving through is taking a bit longer than that. But maybe that’s because we haven’t had proper direction in finding our own center and grounding ourselves in something more stable, such as a spiritual reality. I think it’s time to prove to ourselves that we are adaptable and that there is always a way to weather any storm and to see more clearly.
Progressive lens eye glasses aren’t for everyone. Some people adapt quicker and better than others. Some people even seem born for the challenge. Maybe it’s the same for progressive thinkers. I always thought it was a good thing to be progressive. But I’ve recently noticed that the word itself is part of the current controversy that divides our country.
I suppose that’s because we can’t seem to agree on what progress should look like in the 21st Century. The planet itself is adapting and changing because that’s what life naturally does. Humanity could learn much from observing the organic advancement of life.
In many ways, it would seem that the advanced thinkers of the world are the ones who bring progress and improvement to lifestyles and living conditions, even broaden what’s possible for humanity. But as individuals, we differ in our ideas of what improvement should look like or how it might come about.
It was disappointing to try out the new glasses that first day. I could only read the smallest portion of a sentence before I needed to move my head to follow the words across the page. But the eye doctor promised that would change if I wore the glasses every day. And he was right. I’ve adapted. I’m not sure I’m really seeing a broader and crisper view of life or my brain has filled in the gaps and satisfied my need to see. But it no longer matters because I see clearly now.
Years ago they did an experiment with astronauts, having them wear special glasses that made them see everything upside down. Sure enough, in a short order of time the brain inverted their vision to compensate. And then when they would remove the glasses, the real world looked upside down to them.
It’s wonderful to contemplate that we’ve been seeing life upside down for awhile now and at this phase of human evolution, we are reversing things that haven’t worked well in a long time. Oh… the clever, clever brain! Helping us out in all sorts of ways we don’t even realize.
Yet I have to wonder, if our biological body can make such radical adjustments, why is it human nature to resist change otherwise? What makes these times so divisive may actually be our resistance to the natural, organic, progressive evolution of creation. If so, what a great incentive to push ourselves through. And bonus! It’s an open invitation to practice being in that sweet spot while we’re acclimating!