When I go for a run, I usually go without glasses. I have to wear them to drive and see details from far away, but I usually figure that I’m not running fast enough to need them. I can see well enough to get around a trail or race course, so I figure that’s good enough. I’ve raced and put in hundreds, if not a few thousand miles without wearing them. However, I forgot to take my glasses off on my run last night. And I was astounded as to how much I noticed. I saw the trees, trail, and clouds more clearly than I have for a while. I saw the deer I ended up chasing down the trail for a while.
Of course, I realize how obvious and ridiculous this sounds. Surprise! Glasses help you see! But, seriously, it kinda blew me away. Suddenly being able to see the intricacies of the trail were incredible. It helped me enjoy the run more than I had in a while.
It made me think about other times when I suddenly saw things more clearly. It made me think of how my friend finding a brain tumor suddenly made me realize how important he is to me. It made me think of how waiting for a baby to be born reminds me how much control I don’t have. And it made me think of how running has effectively changed the way that I view the world in general.
I’m not sure if a personally reflective post means much to anybody else, but this kind of reflection is part of a spiritually active life. Hope you all had a great week!