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20/20 VISION

Macy Robison

October 16, 2012
I'm a glasses wearer. Too many years of reading books with a flashlight under the covers, I suppose. Funny thing was, I didn't think I needed glasses. I was sure I could see perfectly.  But after watching me play a tennis match in which I didn't call several balls that were (apparently) clearly out of bounds, my mom insisted on a trip to the optometrist.

Turns out, my vision was pretty terrible, and I was fitted for contacts and glasses. I wore my new contacts out of the office that day, but I didn't notice a big difference as I was walking through the optometry office. Had I just gone through all the pain and discomfort of sticking something IN MY EYE for no reason? I mean, things looked a little more clear, but I didn't see a huge difference.

Then, I walked outside.

My little 11-year-old heart jumped as I looked up at the Provo mountains.  There were TREES up there! The rocks had sharp edges and shapes that I could see! There was a white letter Y on the mountain! Then, I started looking around to see what else I could see. I could read signs all the way down the street! I'm sure I made my mom a little crazy on the car ride home - I kept exclaiming about all the things I could see and all the beauty around me. I remember being amazed that I'd been surrounded by all these things for so long, but that I hadn't really seen them until I got my contact lenses.
It's amazing how a small tool can change your life and help you see the beauty around you. For me, that tool has been the daily journaling I've done for my Seek The Good Project. At the end of each day when I climb into bed, I've taken a couple minutes to write down when I've seen the hand of the Lord in my life that day. It's been astonishing and humbling. Things that were always part of my life have clearly snapped into focus.  I've noticed things that I hadn't seen before. The whole experience has been amazing. The small effort involved in seeking and writing down how I've seen the hand of the Lord in my life has not only made His hand more visible to me, but I'm happier with the things I see in my life. My husband even noticed, and commented the other day that I seem happier. He's right - I am. (And I'm grateful that he noticed.)

And now, it's time for a new project. I spent time seeking the good that was already in my life with my journaling, so I've decided for the next to weeks to work on surrounding myself with good things. Over the next two weeks, I'm going to use the the last sentence in the 13th Article of Faith as my guide:

If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
If I'm reading something and it doesn't pass the virtuous, lovely, of good report or praiseworthy test - I'm going to stop reading it. Same with movies, television, music, and even social media. Social media is the trickiest one for me. But I already went through my Twitter feed, Facebook, and blog reader and turned off or unsubscribed to everything that wasn't inspiring to me. I'm also adding some limits to the amount of time I spend checking those sites so I can use that time to surround myself with virtuous, lovely, of good report or praiseworthy things.

I'm excited about this project. It's not just about turning down the volume on the negative things and the things that impede the Spirit, but turning up the volume on things that inspire and uplift. I'd love it if you would join me on this project or one of your own choosing! Let me know in the comments how you plan to seek the good in your life this week.

And now, I'm off to surround myself with good things. Time to shut down this computer and take my daughter on a walk.

Macy Robison is a performer, photographer, and mom. She lives with her husband and two kids in Austin, Texas. She loves Texas BBQ, Tex-Mex, and Texas hospitality. She also loves that it’s finally getting cool enough in Texas that she can take her kids for a walk without them melting into a puddle.