Sunday, January 23, 2011
Count Your Many Blessings, Name Them One By One
Have you ever had one of those experiences where you completely and overwhelming thankful for a particular blessing that you may just take for granted? I had an experience like this a few days ago.
I was on my way home, waiting at an intersection for my light to turn, when I saw an older lady crossing the street. She was walking with a pole stretched out in front, so I knew immediately that she was blind. As I watched her cross, I noticed that she started heading down the hill, at a slight angle instead of keeping a straight path that would allow her to cross safely. She stopped at a drive way, where she spent sometime feeling around, I am sure trying to get her bearings. As she stood there my heart began to break for her.
As soon as our light turned green, I pulled over, jumped out, and helped guide her to her destination. She mentioned that she did not remember an incline on the particular street, and I mentioned that she was just a few feet from her destination. She was a very sweet lady.
I was very grateful to have been there that day for two reasons. One, that I could help her. And two, to remind myself of how profoundly blessed I am -- specifically for my sight.
Now, I do not have perfect eye sight -- with out my contacts or glasses, I can't identify a face more than ten feet away, but I am so blessed to live in a time where this can be so easily corrected.
I can see my children grow, laugh, and make silly faces.
I can marvel at the beauty of this world, of Utah -- my home, the mountains I have grown so fond of.
I can create, illustrate, write, and enjoy the beautiful creations of others.
I am blessed to have two eyes that can see.