In Summary

  • A friend who is a disciplinarian has the most well behaved and lovable boys under ten.
  • When I asked what his parenting secret was, he responded, “I don’t parent for where they are now. I parent for who they will be at 25 years, when they are working or married.” He is on to something.

“It is human nature to be short-sighted and to lose momentum to make changes once the story is out of the headlines and there aren’t financial incentives or political rewards. We owe to ourselves to learn from the past so we can try and do better.” Sheri Fink.

 

During a recent conversation, a young man confessed that he had spent all his adult life unaware that he needed spectacles. He had grown up seeing objects in the near distance as blurry, unable to clearly make out shapes or even faces of people. When he had his eyesight checked and prescription glasses fitted, he was amazed at what he could see. Everything suddenly came into focus and he could appreciate the beauty around him. I sat there wondering what it was to live most of your life unaware that you were living with challenged eyesight. To imagine that all you could see, is all there is to life. To never ask yourself, “Am I missing something?”

While some of us are shortsighted physically, all of us have aspects of our lives where we could do with some glasses to bring things into focus. And if that isn’t bad enough, we all have blind spots, things we can never see because well, we just can’t. 

In life, myopia or short-sightedness occurs when we fail to take the future into account. The future is real, yet it is easy to focus on the pressing needs of today at its expense. The thing is, this day was once our future. And while we are admonished by self help gurus to live in the present, to experience this moment fully because the future is not promised, we would be amiss to not anticipate or plan for it. 

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