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Remember Your Blindness

At work, I always receive silly forwarded e-mails in my outlook inbox.  Today, I received another silly one.  But it really spoke to me.  It’s a story.  And it’s not so much the content of the story as it is the principle behind it.  Just thought I’d share…

 There was a blind girl who hated herself simply because of her blindness.  She hated the world and everyone in it – except her loving boyfriend.  He was always there for her and took good care of her. 

She always said that if she could be rid of her blindness, she would marry her boyfriend.  Then one day, someone donated a pair of eyes to the blind girl and she was able to see everything – including him.

He asked her, “Since you have sight and have seen the world, will you now marry me?”  But the girl realized that her boyfriend was also blind and, appalled at the thought, refused to marry him.

 The loving boyfriend walked away in tears.  Later, he wrote her a letter that said nothing more than, “Just take care of my eyes dear.”

Whenever we come out of a hard time and spend a while on the sunny side of life, we tend to forget what life was like when we were hurting and troubled.  It is at that point – the point when we forget our blindness – that we are too quick to turn our back on others who are experiencing their own blindness.  Many times, we even hurt the very people who gave us their working eyes.

For the last year or so, I have been blind.  And I have hated myself for it.  And I’ve hated others for it.  I must admit, I have also promised that if I could only win my sight back, I would move on with life and be happy.  But I wonder – when I am given a pair of eyes and can finally see the world and all of my loved ones, will I be grateful for my sight and compassionate towards those who are still blind?  God, I hope so…

P.S. – Over the weekend, I believe I gained an eye.  Thanks Joel, Todd, Josh, and you four 7th grade girls for helping me get my sight back. 

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