Through My Sister’s Eyes

Jody's Eyes

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:

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