Friday, August 19, 2005

Leap and the Net (Or Someone's Arms) Will Appear

I just caught the tail end of a live Lasik procedure on the Today show this morning. I don't know all the details because I tuned in at the end, but apparently there is a new procedure that makes laser eye correction even easier. When I tuned in they were just having the patient sit up after the procedure and she was shocked and amazed to be able to see (as you would expect).

She said she had had glasses since she was 7 and this was the first time she could remember being able to see without glasses or contacts. As someone who has worn glasses since 3rd grade myself, I can relate to how that must feel.

However, the real beauty in the story came when the doctor revealed that this woman, before the surgery, had vision of 20/10,000 - which means that at 20 feet she can see what people with 20/20 vision can see at 10,000 feet. She is legally blind and had lived in fear that she may lose a contact while she was driving, or misplace her glasses and not be able to care for her children in an emergency.

The doctor explained that people with vision as poor as this woman's are the most frightened of having the surgery because they know what it is like to be blind and their fear of losing what little sight they do have often prevents them from having the surgery.

I absolutely loved the doctor's demeanor and delight as he talked about how blessed he felt to be able to give the gift of sight to people like this woman. She was thanking him profusely with tears running down her cheeks. His response: "You're the one who was brave enough to have the procedure done. You made the leap - I was just here to catch you."

How often do we stand on the brink, unwilling or unable to make the leap because we're not 100% certain the net will appear? Maybe we have it in our head that that net needs to look a certain way before we will jump. If we're worried about all the things that might happen if we leap and the net doesn't appear - or it won't be the right color - or it might not be strong enough - or a whole host of other "what ifs," we're giving up the opportunity for something even better.

In the case of this woman, the net appeared as a loving pair of arms.

What are you waiting for? Make the leap! Take a step toward what you really want in your life. You'll be amazed at what appears for you!


At 11:03 PM, Blogger Phil Gerbyshak said...

Wow, I didn't see this, but I can only imagine how amazing this was to witness.

It is amazing that if you try something, more people than you would think are willing to support you. Makes me think I should try more things than I do. I'm working on that!

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Jodee said...

LEAP, Phil! Consider LEAP as an acronym for Leadership (from The Radical LEAP):


It's an awesome feeling!


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