This morning, as I got out of bed, I stepped on my glasses, smashing the frame and cutting my foot. I was thrown into a mini-crisis of looking for my old pair to get me through the day. Did I even have an old pair of glasses anymore?
I went into my office and on the bookshelf in a pile was a glasses case. I was so pleased that I had found my old glasses so quickly. But, as I opened the case, I realized they weren’t my old glasses. They were my sister, Jody’s, glasses. Jody died in November and I must have put them on my shelf as I was sorting through her things. I started to put the glasses back and decided to try them on. In a strange, surreal moment I realized I could see. I could see pretty darn well. Not perfect, but well enough that I was sure I could drive and get through my morning.
As I got busy at work, I realized my eyes were adjusting and I could see even better as the morning went on. Only one person even noticed I had on different glasses. I found myself thinking of Jody. Remembering her smile, her face in those cute glasses, and the funny things she said and did.
In the afternoon, I went to the vision center and they repaired my glasses. I put Jody’s glasses back into the case and put mine on. I spent the rest of the afternoon readjusting to my glasses and thinking of the strange day I had.
I thought about how, sometimes, if we take a minute to slow down and pay attention, we may find what seems like a disaster can turn into something pretty special.
Thank you, sis.
Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transform your life at work and at home. To find out more about Cornerstone’s services and offerings visit our website: cornerstone-ct.com