I recently listened to a Fresh Air interview with Sue Barry. Barry is a neurobiologist who spent most of her life without steroscpic vision. Which means her vision of the word was not 3D. In the interview and her book Fixing my Gaze, she explained how, with the help of a developmental optometrist, she was able to retrain her eyes so she could see 3D.
Witnessing the overcoming of perceived obstacles always fascinates and encourages me. I’m especially fascinated when people can train themselves to see the world differently.
I’m left wondering how different the world would appear if I could train myself to look at it differently.
- I bet I’d see that demanding child as fearful and wanting some very basic reassurance.
- I bet I’d see that indifferent cashier as someone who feels invisible and undervalued.
- I bet I’d see that long-winded and repetitive storyteller as someone who simply wants to be heard.
I bet I’d see through a lot of the filters blocking my current vision.
So in addition to getting my vision checked, I’m going to start checking my own vision.
What happens when you check yours? And how do you do it?