I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my path…

Last week I picked up my new glasses. When I put them on for the first time I was amazed at how well I could see without any adjustments. They fit perfectly and there wasn’t a wait for my eyes to get used to the new prescription. No dizziness while walking. The longer I wore them, the more I realized how unclear I had been seeing over the last two years.

Over the past two years I’ve read less books than before I learned to read. And I’m a reader. Reading books is one of my greatest passions. Reading is one of my loves. I’ve been known to read a book during the work week and while on vacation, a book a day. As I found myself reading less and less over the course of these two years, I thought it was a lack of interest and mental focus ability (more on that in another blog). When I picked up a book after getting home, I was amazed at how easy it was to read. The words were focused, there was no strain to find the place in the glasses that would focus the words and the issue of focusing mentally was nonexistent. As I compared the new set to the old I began to realize the vast difference in the set up. Really? Two years I was tolerating the smallness of my glasses – giving up one of my greatest loves – books, totally unaware that it could have been easily rectified!

What if I had questioned how difficult it was to see rather than tolerate the difficulties? And then there is always the conversation that it takes time to adjust. Two years, 24/7, that would be a bit much. Did I even consider that it was possible that there was a placement error in the reading portion of the lenses? No, I believed it was just the way it was.

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. I’m grateful to see the obstacles. Being aware gives me the choice to better maneuver around the obstacles. It is a bright sunshiny day!

How often do we settle for less than? How often do you find yourself tolerating what is? Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What am I tolerating?” I’m not talking about what can’t be controlled, only that which can be. Relationships suffer when we tolerate certain behavior, i.e., tolerating a lack of authenticity permits lack of intimacy. Your health, are you tolerating a lack of self discipline, exercise or an unhealthy diet? Work? Consider what you’re allowing. There is freedom in knowing, it’s liberating and opens opportunities to make better choices. What passions and dreams have you set aside for what you’re tolerating? What are you going to stop permitting and accepting today to move closer to your dreams? What is getting in the way of you living out your passions? What will you stop tolerating today?

Your brilliance matters!