Senior Spotlight for Jan. 27, 2014 |

Senior Spotlight for Jan. 27, 2014

Mary Jo Brown/For the Craig Daily Press
Mary Jo Brown

I have reached a time in my life where I must admit that my eyesight is not what it used to be. Even with my glasses on, it is difficult at times to see the words on the television and as for the banners that run under the announcer on the news, well, that is a lost cause. My right eye is the worst, but now on occasion, they both get blurry when overworked by reading or doing puzzles of all types. By lifting and turning my head slightly I have learned to compensate for the partial vision I have in my right eye and will learn to adjust to the new problems also.

This morning, I was pondering the physical differences I have adapted to in the years past. I realized how, just as I can’t always see much around me because of vision problems, sometimes in our lives, we can’t or don’t want to see the problems, situation or conditions that are right in front of us. There are blinders that we put up before ourselves to avoid, for whatever reason, the situation at hand.

As I thought about my life, I realized I had a lot to be grateful for, such as family, my small but comfortable apartment, food on the table and my improving health. My eyes were opened to the richness that I possess. A personal net worth that can’t be met or determined by a few words. After all, how do you measure the many riches gained through experiences, thoughtful gestures and precious memories? My eyes are opened to a new awakening, and I give thanks for that. I will give life a chance by being grateful for what I have today, even for the smallest favors, and tomorrow, I’ll do the same. As time goes by, I am gaining more understanding of the world around me and, in doing so, gaining an inner peace, and a spiritual awareness is around me. I realize not every day will be what I call perfect or go my way; I certainly have had a few of those “off days” these past weeks. Because of the past weeks, I have had to take a good hard look inside myself to find that which I was looking for: gratitude.

I give thanks for all I have the good, bad, and in between. Without these things, I wouldn’t have found what I wanted: the miracle of who I am and why I am here. My past has made me what I am today and it is my choice as to how I use my knowledge in the future. Praise be to God, for once more my life is in sync with a purpose and another chance to fulfill my destiny.

Happy birthday wishes to Jane Brown and Janette Harris.

Get well wishes to all those ailing or recovering from illness.

Sunset Meadows I will have a potluck at noon Friday.

Groundhog Day is Sunday. Any bets on if he will see his shadow?

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