The Next Step...
Posted: September 9, 2013
I was recently prescribed bifocals. Wearing bifocals takes some getting used to. One of the first things I learned was how difficult steps or stairs are. Looking down, I naturally look through the bifocal that is for closer reading, so the step is blurry. To use the proper part of the lens, the part for distance viewing, I have to lower my head and it gets pretty awkward feeling. Up until now, I noticed stairs but I never thought about it, unless there were lots of stairs. Now, even a few steps can be an exercise is awkwardness.....or an exercise in trust. Trust? I have stairs in my home and stairs at my work, and I usually make multiple trips up and down stairs daily. For me, that means, I either need to walk up the stairs weird and awkward like.....or learn to trust that the stairs are there and take the next step. Maybe I am odd but apparently I have made a habit of seriously studying the steps I am taking AS I am taking them. I am having to learn NOT to do this. I am learning to trust that the steps are there and just to take them. As I look at this situation, it reminds me of life. Oh I know I am a therapist and absolutely love metaphor and philosophy.....all that abstract, heady stuff. I know that bugs some people. But indulge me for a moment and look at the metaphor with me, and see the ideas I draw from the bifocal lesson and apply to life.....
- The steps are there, just take the next one and trust that they are each there and will give you solid grounding as you go.
- Is it really necessary to look so intently at the step you are on? Feel it and see how it is there, rather than trusting only what you can "see."
- Slowing down is not so bad. Hurrying up or down the stairs isn't always necessary. Maybe I'll pick up more speed as I learn to trust the steps more, but I do feel I've slowed down a bit going up and down stairs.....and it doesn't seem to be hurting anything at all.
- Life gives you these opportunities to adjust and overcome, and learn that sometimes the "old" or "usual" way isn't the only way.