Wednesday, April 08, 2009

What if?


What if we were all blind?

I mean, the whole world?

Humor me for a moment :)

There's a quote from Helen Keller that I've stumbled across many times in my life:

"Blindness separates man from things, but deafness separates man from man".

Aside from the instinctive contemplation of which would be the less desirable of the two; would it really be so terrible to be separated from things??


Things like

hair color

skin color

clothing brands

weight

makeup


and all the things that can be part of a quick judgment at first glance.

People would be successful or known or leaders for who they are and what they do... for their minds and motivations and attitudes.

For how they choose their words and treat their neighbors. For their sense of humor and sound advice.

Somehow, I think it would be akin to my idea of Heaven. Where I think we are relieved of our earthly shells and, yet somehow recognizable to eachother. I'd know you by your optimism, your thoughtfulness, your silliness, or your loyalty. I'd know you by what your giftings were here on earth - not what you looked like.

Doesn't it make you want to experience a time when absolutely everything is equal on the outside... and what really counts is on the inside?

We women especially, can be hard on ourselves. Bodies that lovingly carried our children are unfairly held up against a beauty magazine standard... by our own selves!

I don't know about you, but I could use a little freedom from the self-criticism, and the time spent on trying to cover my flaws.

God doesn't put these standards on us, yet they can cripple us from truly achieving what He's uniquely gifted us to do. I cannot wait to experience those things - without the outside disabilities, and certainly without the inside ones I use to sabotage my self-confidence.

The sweetness of this blogging world is that we're all blind friends to an extent.

You've left words of encouragement and comments that inspire laughter and tears.

Because it's YOU. The one I hope I recognize later if we don't get to meet this side of Heaven.

14 comments:

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

This was beautiful and oh so true. I like your analogy. I definitely can be so hard on myself, when most of those things really do not matter to the one who is most important. Oh how nice it would be to completely separate ourselves from things, you are so right...

Have a blessed day, and thank you for sharing this.

Sheri said...

I love this. A little blindness would help us all to "see" each other more clearly, without all the stuff covering up our true selves. And I have often imagined Heaven the same way, where we don't see our worldly selves anymore, just our true selves. Lovely, thank you.

Mom Of Many said...

I love your heart Rachel. What a beautiful post. Thank you for speaking truth. Love you sweet friend! xo

He And Me + 3 said...

Wow Rachel...how true. I am often very hard on myself. If only I could see myself & others the we He does. Sure would make life alot easier. Thank you for sharing your heart:)

BenLand said...

wow....something to think about....
great post!

Shanda said...

Great post! It is nice being able to talk heart to heart without all of the expectations and pressures. I was just thinking about how it would be meeting some of you all face to face and if that would change anything between the way that we have communicated after a couple of blogging friends met up and had a great time together. She had blogged about her apprehensions and then how they were so needless.

Sara said...

I loved this post, Rachel.

When I was first struggling with Madeline's diagnosis a priest and family friend told us, "It's the person you love, not the body." That struck me that evening and still does now.

Size does not matter...nor hair color, skin color, etc. etc.

GREAT post!

Sara

Lisa said...

Lovely post. As the others have said, how true. As a teen, I can remember something in class we had to write, if we had the choice would we be deaf or blind. Well, almost everyone chose deaf, because we "just didn't think we could live" with being blind. The teacher "put us in our places" by telling us something very similar to what you wrote here, that if more people used their ears instead of their eyes, how everyone would be better to each other, etc. How true. Thankfully in Heaven we can have both sight and hearing AND be in a perfect world!

Paige said...

Very well said Rachel. Really makes you stop and think...

brian said...

Great observation!

Killlashandra said...

Nice post and so true. Bombarded daily by media it's hard to let go of the many stereotypes women are faced with and just be yourself.

Pam said...

I've just got one question...

How did any of us get so lucky to find you out of so many bloggers?

Oops, I lied (not intentionally, mind you). Question #2~

And I speak from personal experience on this one~

What did we do to deserve such good and open friendship from such a giving and insightful person?

I've counted myself lucky for quite sometime now with getting to know you (and your heart) and really appreciating our friendship. Sight unseen, voices never heard.

In fact, I was thinking just last night about your Dental Floss and Turkey Sandwich post and how it applied to my life. You always seem to come up with some of the best posts just when I need them. This one is no exception. And, I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Thank You my sweet friend, for you have made my night!

(((Hugs)))
Pam

wife.mom.nurse said...

Beautifully said.

I love this post.

Thank you for writing it.

Wow...in a perfect world...

melody is slurping life said...

I am so blessed when reading your thoughts...always.

Thank you for sharing yourself...your revealing insight...so candidly.