Depth Perception in our Lives

Dear Reader:

When it came time to select lenses for my eyes before my cataract surgery a few years back…a choice for my particular visual situation was to place one eye lens for nearness-upclose and personal activities like writing my blog post – in one eye and a far-sighted lens in the other eye-it would keep me from having to ever wear reading glasses again. ( which I lost by the gross!)

It has worked well EXCEPT in one type of situation- when either mounting or descending steps in a dark space… I lose my depth perception ability. And that brings us to my fall from dignity Saturday afternoon leaving the auditorium following the dance recital.

Walsh ran out as quickly as possible to get the car to bring around while we decided to leave early too to get Eloise before the crowd descended.

So the auditorium was still dark when we jumped up to mount the steps-I was about two steps from the exit when I splattered -thank goodness the floor was covered in carpet.

I tripped on the edge of the last step and my knees caught the brunt of it! Everybody, it seemed, was trying to help me up to my sheer embarrassment!

I jumped up and wobbled off … both knees were stinging but more from carpet burn than anything else. I was lucky-yesterday my knees were sore and a little pink but not blue with bruises. I know how lucky I was/ am … still it burned in my memory as an indignity to the reality of growing older.

Sometime yesterday I started thinking about spiritual in-depth perception. The miracle of having two eyes to provide us with two perceptions is easily obtained when we close one eye and then switch to the other-objects appear to move. If we keep one eye closed for long… things start to appear flat.

The wonder of ” stereo-scopic vision” ( seeing through two eyes) lies within our brain. By the brain combining them in such a way … a new picture emerges-a perception of depth.

Spiritually we have two ” eyes” -our mind and heart. If we use our minds too much-our vision lacks depth. We fail to see beauty, the importance of moments and most importantly the wonder of close relationships.

It is only through the heart that we can find our soul which allows us to see the world as God created it …and the hand of God everywhere in our daily lives.

Oh Lord how marvelous are Thy Works!

So until tomorrow… Make each day a good day with lots of thankfulness in it!

” Today is my favorite day!”Winnie the Pooh

Oh happy days-we have gotten rain, rain, and more rain over the weekend ! Filling up all my big pots!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to Depth Perception in our Lives

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Bless you…I know just how you felt because I fell face down in the winter when I literally walked out of my shoes in Lowe’s parking lot. I knew I had injuries but all I wanted to do was get up because cars kept stopping and people were asking if I needed help…thank goodness I didn’t break anything…just sore and banged up hands and knees…sore ribcage.

    I wanted you to know that Suzy stepped into Heaven at 5:25 Sat morning. Her DIL took a picture of the sunrise…Suzy loved sunrises and sunsets…

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Do you know what the timing of Suzy’s departure reminded me of Gin-g? Remember Archibald Rutledge and his friend, Sam, the boatman, heading out to go duck hunting on the Santee Delta one morning before light..terrified as they heard waves in the dark gray foggy morning from a distant ocean…but Sam kept reminding Captain Rutledge….that it would be alright…because it would be day break soon….and that it is with Suzy!

      “And even now, after all these years, whenever the shadows are deepest and most impenetrable, I seem to hear, out of the dim celestial past, the quiet voice of Sam Singleton saying to my doubting and beseiged heart, “Never mind,Capt’n; it will be daybreak soon.”

  2. Jo dufford says:

    My prayers are for you and your family at this time, Gin g. Becky, I love the Rutledge story. I have thought about it so often, “Nevermind, Captain, it will be daybreak soon!” Think what a daybreak, Suzy had. Becky, I truly understand that falling in public thing and how fast we can seem to get to our feet, but most of all, hopefully you do have no physical injuries.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you Jo! Apparently taking my Prolia shot for bone density must be working-one small bruise and some soreness that is gone now s was as all I had to endure! Whew!
      Yes… Suzy is following the Sun and Son now!

      Sent from my iPhone

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