Count Your Blessings

Monday, 11 Sep 2006 | Observations

I recently stopped by a Lenscrafters at our local mall. Erin wanted to go in to check on some frames she had seen there previously. Unfortunately they had discontinued stocking the cute pair she had admired in the past.

I happened to notice a a poster on the wall while waiting for Erin. It was a photograph of some children with glowing smiles on their faces. Their joy leaped off the paper loud and clear. These were underprivileged children who were ecstatic to be able to see clearly thanks to the work of the Lions Club. Generous people had donated their old frames so these precious children could enjoy the gift of sight.

It was so touching to see how happy they were. I have often felt sorry for myself and complained because I am not a good candidate for eye correction surgery. I don't know how many times I felt dejected because I would have to wear glasses all my life. I had tried contact lenses, but they made my eyes too dry since I work on a computer all the time.

Those smiling faces on the poster made me realize for the first time how lucky I am to have glasses to correct my vision. What a blessing it is that there is the technology to correct my vision and I can afford to own corrective lenses. I felt ashamed how ungrateful I had been, but mostly I felt truly blessed to own glasses in a way I had never experienced before. That realization brought a tear of joy to my eye.

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