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Clarity In Blindness

“But now being totally blind, I realize that before I lost my vision I was somewhat blinded by my eyesight, not paying attention to the very rich and wonderful world of sounds and touch, aromas, and taste, that in some ways send information more deep into my mind and soul in a very profound way that I never realized when I had vision.” ~Carla Ernst

Image: Selfie of Carla sitting with her white cane on a bus wearing a turquoise top, necklace, and sunglasses.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to appreciate the little things!😄

#blinded #eyes #profound #whitecane

 

21 thoughts on “Clarity In Blindness

  1. Thank you for your insightful and caring comments everyone! Since I wrote this, I learned that what I am experiencing in my perception of senses being “rewired,” is actually a real medical phenomenon called neuroplasticity, an umbrella term that describes lasting change to the brain, showing that many aspects of the brain can be altered (or are “plastic”), meaning that the brain is more interconnected than previously thought, helping it to remap itself in response to injury such as loss of a sense such as eyesight.

  2. Timely advice from Carla. How many of us truly ‘see’?

  3. Love the quote. I guess, when we lose any of our senses, the others try to take over and we notice things we didn’t notice before. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have our cake and eat it too.

    1. I think it depends on the person. I’m still waiting for my other senses to kick in but it would be great to have our cake (preferably chocolate) and it it too.

  4. Lovely quote, Steph. The sensory world is far more than sight. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Diana.🙂

  5. I read that smell is our oldest and most powerful sense and memory. When I taught corporate workshops, for an icebreaker, I’d ask people what was there favorite smell from childhood. To remember it immediately relaxes someone and puts them in a receptive state.

    1. That’s interesting. I remember hearing that some time back. Did the icebreaker work well for you?

      1. Yes…people enjoyed it, it quickly taught them a new stress release technique that takes seconds to do, and it’s great for team building as it shows diverse answers, teaching people about differences as well as shared preferences.

        What is your favorite smell from childood?

        Loved the quote and encouragement to open other senses.

      2. You know, yesterday when I saw your comment I was trying to think of my favorite childhood smell and drew blank. Unfortunately when I can’t grasp a memory I get stressed and have to refocus on something else. I would have failed icebreaker miserably. 😉 I will be coming back to this thought though because there has to be something buried deep.

      3. Didn’t Mean To Stress You out 🙂

      4. Hahaha it doesn’t take much to stress me out. Actually I have a sneaking suspicion I may be one of those people who thrives on stress.😃

      5. Mom bred dogs so my favorite was puppy breath. We also had an entire carport side of honeysuckle and a sweet smelling Cecil Bruner rose bush. At the workshop people would mention, cookies baking, vanilla, mimeograph machine fluid, gasoline, magic markers….all kinds of things.

      6. As soon as I saw the word honeysuckle I could remember picking them and loving the smell of lilacs. Oh my goodness yes, mimeograph, gasoline when filling up the car, art supplies. Yay, it’s coming back.

      7. Yay….now isn’t that relaxing? All you need to know is call upon a favorite smell when you are feeling anxious or stressed, follow the trail of favorite smells…and voila!

      8. Yes, I could even remember spring time when I was young and walking down to my grandmother’s with my brother and mother. Some of these moments were really good. Thanks Katelon.

  6. What a beautiful quote Steph. Thank you for sharing. 😊

  7. Did this blind women actually say this? She must have been in a drunken stupor at the time. But as long a she does a good job with her makeup, wears marvelous matching outfits and is draped with jewels, all from what she learns about being Bold, Blind and Beautiful from reading https://boldblindbeauty.com/, then she must be a reasonably good woman! LOL.

    1. This blind woman ROCKS!

      1. Well technically, I’m more of a classical and jazz musician, but I can do rock too!

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