Life Lessons From Cataract Surgery
Earlier this week, I had cataract surgery to remove a blurry cataract and replace it with a new lens that has greatly improved my vision.
Typically, if there are cataracts in both eyes, they do one eye at a time with a week or so in between the procedures.
I am in between surgeries this week and have one eye with a new lens and one eye with a blurry cataract.
The experience has been very “eye-opening”! (pun intended)
What a difference!!
When I put my hand over my eye with the blurry cataract and look through my new lens, everything is perfectly in focus, and bright. The whites are amazingly white!
When I put my hand over the repaired eye and look out of the eye with the bad cataract, things are a little fuzzy, a little dirty, dull and dingy looking.
I am so astonished that I’ve been playing this game of covering my eyes over and over. It is hard to believe believe the difference! I didn’t know how poor and distorted my vision had become. Surgery gave me new clarity that I didn’t even know I had lost.
Through this experience I’ve realized that I often have unclear and distorted views in other areas of my life. For example, when my family members left their LDS faith and I decided that I still wanted to remain a faithful member of the church, I started “seeing” differently.
Some things were a clear improvement, like learning to really love others even when they believe in the gospel differently than I do.
At the same time, other things were not an improvement and even became distorted.
Things related to the church like:
- Where do I fit in the church community now that my husband doesn’t attend?
- How do I participate at church in a way that works for me and my family?
- What does home centered worship mean when I am the only member at home?
Do Any Of These Questions Sound Familiar To You?
Unfortunately, not everything I tried to address these questions was helpful for me, my faith or my family.
The unbelievable thing was that, because of the hurt and pain I experienced during that time of my life, I couldn’t see the distortions. Like failing cataracts, these experiences discolored everything.
One of the things that helped me replace my distorted “thinking cataracts” with clearer thoughts was the process of learning to talk with God and get clear answers to my prayers. I started to recognize the thoughts and feelings that were helping me and the ones that were hurting me. Combining “thought work & revelation” helped my vision to clear up – a LOT. Revelation and Prayer Journaling is another practice that has helped me.
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If you are or have experienced these types of thought distortions due to members of your family leaving the LDS faith, or other life events, I can help you clear up some of the distortions and regain clarity.
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