Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Vision isn't just about eyesight

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Some days it's a regular everyday person that inspires me. I was reminded yesterday of one such person that I have known for about 10 years.

His name is David and I first met him at church a decade ago. What makes David unique? He's blind. So, you can imagine my surprise when one Sunday David stood up before the congregation and played the chello. His music filled the cathedral ceiling and danced round the pillars. No one moved or gave sound. It was beautiful and inspiring.

Eventually my family started going to a different church and I hadn't seen David for a few years, until I joined a local gym where David works behind the hospitality desk!

The regulars knew him by name and he greeted them by name along with an infectious smile. He used the braille numbers to hand out and receive locker keys and he followed the sound of the person's voice in order to know what direction to present a key or towel.

Year after year I've seen David at the gym. Greeting, smiling, not letting his blindness prevent him from living a productive and "normal" life. If He can work around a rather major obstacle in his life, why can't I work through mine?

Yesterday there was a big sign and a bouquet of balloons congratulating David for his 13th year anniversary for working at the gym.

When his shift was done, I watched him walk through the cardio room with out any help but his cane, and he worked out on a tread mill.

So here's to David, one of the every day people that inspires me. A guy who proves that "good vision and perspective" isn't just about eyesight.


Angela said...

Great post! I think every once in a while we need to do a reality check and center ourselves. It's great that you have someone close who inspires you. We can all find someone who we can draw strength from, if we just take the time to look.

viabloomington said...

Yay! I loved reading about David! You are right - it's not just about eyesight!

kit said...

What a great story. Grounds you and reminds you about the really important things.

Vijaya said...

Ah, yes ... the ordinary people who are really extraordinary ... my mom was one.

Loved your post about your five-yr-old and how she sees the world. Dare I say I steal from my kiddos?

Janelle said...

Great post Christy! I've been inspired by the Olympics this week in a similar way. So many Olympians have overcome huge obstacles to get where they are today. They keep training day after day and eventually win the gold. Reminds me to keep working day after day on my novel too and to not let periods of disappointment or struggle stop the progress. : )

Brenda said...

Christy...loved your post on David...it really makes you stop and wonder about things...what excuses we use to not do things while people like David are out there living life...

Thanks for inspiration...