There’s an attorney in my hometown that’s legally blind. I see him going in and out of the courthouse all the time. The computers in the courthouse have been equipped so that he can enlarge the print to where he can read it. When I go in there after he’s been doing some research and the font is huge I’m usually in awe again of his determination and ability to practice law. I also see this guy walking around town all the time. Of course, I’m sure because he can’t drive, but this gentleman walks everywhere and in every kind of weather. He doesn’t rely on people to drive him around even when it’s freezing. I’ve seen him riding a couple times when there’s been ice on the ground, but other than that he’s totally self-sufficient…at least as far as I know.
I was having a texting conversation with a friend the other night. I was offering my assistance in organization. Which, for those of you who know me, you know that that is something totally laughable. Once I revealed this character flaw to her, we surmised that it would probably be like the blind leading the blind. The only think I could say to that is that at least we’d be bound to run into something! Side note…man, I’m such a cheesy dork.
I’ve also been catching up on a television show that I’ve been recording all summer. Hadn’t watched one of them, and then all of a sudden I found myself with some free time and have now watched all 12 or 13 episodes. Covert Affairs is a spy show, but one of the cool things I like about it is that there’s a blind guy that’s one of the lead tech people. He’s a computer genius, which amazes me because he can’t see the screen, but he knows exactly what’s going on. He knows what’s going on in his area better than anyone else there. Plus I like the show ’cause he’s pretty hot. ;-D
That’s another thing that strikes me about the attorney in town. Not that he’s hot, but that he knows this town way better than I do. I see him walking around without hesitation. He gets around better than most people with fully functional sight. The thing is is that he HAS to know his way around. He has to know the inside of his office, the voice of the people who work with him and the sounds of vehicles coming down the road before he crosses. When people communicate with him, he can’t see their body language. They have to actually communicate…talk…get to know each other.
How many times have I taken for granted that if I’m getting ready to cross the road, I just look the direction the cars are coming and cross when there’s nothing there? How many times have I ignored the voices around me and misinterpreted body language? How many times do I fail to really know where I’m at and who I’m with because I don’t really see and know who they are? I mean, I know who a lot of people are, but do I really know them? Have I taken the time to really see who they are and where they’re going, whether they’re taking great strides in the direction they should be going or stumbling down a crooked path? Am I really taking the time to see people and love people the way I’m loved by the Creator?
I know my answer’s no. Not yet. What’s yours?