How we perceive the world impacts our lives as much as anything that happens to us. This is very good news indeed, because we can put on new glasses, or we can clean off the ones we have on. A couple weeks ago I dropped my glasses. I was outside, and they landed on a rock and got scratched right in the middle of my line of sight. When I picked them up and put them back on, there was a blurry spot everywhere I looked. It affected the way my car looked and the way my wife looked. Everything I looked at with my right eye open was affected by that defect.
I ordered new glasses.
If I had continued to wear the glasses the way they were, I would have become accustomed to the scratch. At some point I would no longer notice it, because it would be normal. Some people rarely clean their glasses, and the gradual degradation of vision over time happens so slowly that they don't notice.
I talked to a person yesterday that had on glasses of suspicion and distrust. These glasses were welded to his head because he had been betrayed by important people in his life that he trusted, starting with his parents at a young age. He could not simply take off his glasses of distrust and put on new glasses of trust, he needed tools to help remove the glasses, as well as tools to help install the new ones.
Traumatic experiences tend to weld glasses of distortion on the person who has been traumatized. These are among the hardest glasses to change, but we all have glasses with various degrees of difficulty replacing. Here are some of the types of glasses we can wear:
And here are some of the glasses we can replace them with:
Whether our current glasses are hard or easy to remove, the first step is acknowledging how they distort our perception, how beneficial it is to take them off, and how bright and clear our world can be, in time, with new glasses.