A Lil’ Inspiration #3 Amy

Words of Wisdom

I may have mentioned to everyone a little while back that with the launch of Abigail and the monthly series “Women on the Move,” I’ve been highlighting select excerpts from the featured ladies’ posts and promoting them on social media. This week’s Words of Wisdom are from my friend, fellow peer adviser and blogger Amy Bovaird. These little nuggets provide deeper insight into the reality of what it’s like to blind.

Instagram Amy 1.18.16“It seems like there are two worlds: one for the sighted
and one for the blind. But it’s actually the same world, just seen from a different perspective.” ~Amy Bovaird, Author, Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith

Image: Quoted text is white against a transparent gray panel superimposed on a background of a shades of blue cloud blanketed mountains. #‎womenonthemove‬ ‪#‎livingwithvisionloss #iamnotalabel



Published by Stephanae

👩🏾‍🦯 | INTJ | HSP | Collector of knowledge | Alpaca Fanatic “If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I'm going.” ~Jackie Joyner-Kersee Hi, I'm Steph! I'm a highly sensitive proud introvert and a recovering people-pleaser. These traits or quirks used to bother me because I always felt out of place until I began a recent process of self-acceptance. While I'm still a work in progress, I view my quirks as my superpowers and am grateful that they contribute to who I am today.

57 thoughts on “A Lil’ Inspiration #3 Amy

  1. I can appeciate what you’re saying with that last thought. I also like what you said about the filtering part. I can see where your sense of focus would likely be sharper—especially since (having had sight) you realize how the eyes can be deceived. Some good food for thought, Stephanae. ‘o)

  2. Amy, I just read your comment to my husband. We love Jim Croce, and that song. By sharing our unique perspectives we often enrich the lives of others!


  3. One of my observations since losing my sight is filtering. What I mean by this is sense I’m physically unable to be bombarded by visual information (although at times I really do miss it) I’m able to focus on what’s necessary to do what I have to accomplish. The easiest way to describe this is filtering the fluff. I also think there is a distinct difference between people who are born without sight and those who lose eyesight sometime during their life. There are those, like me, who will tell you from our perspective it’s more difficult to have this heightened sense of awareness because the loss occurred later in life.

  4. Wonderful quote by Amy Bovaird. There is a world seen by those with sight, and one seen without. I think the world seen by those without sight is seen with a much more heightened sense of awareness because of a keener sense of smell, hearing, touch and taste. We might prefer the perspective we have by seeing with our eyes (and who wouldn’t miss sight), but those who are blind will tell you (and experts will agree), the other four senses can more than compensate for that loss of sight.

  5. Robyn,
    would love to talk to you more about hearing loss. It’s one of the problems I have as well and I would love to know more about how you cope. I’m still learning.

  6. No, and I was so glad to stop. 🙂 Too late in the game. Probably should have been done earlier in my life.

  7. Amy, isn’t blogging and social media such a wonderful way to connect. I love your choice of words to describe our exchanges. Your trainer’s words do indeed ricochet between us. A wise man indeed.
    Just a thought on losing a sense. Mine is hearing although not total loss. I cannot imagine losing sight but I have found that I am more than compensated for hearing loss in other ways.

  8. Judith,
    Some things are out of our control like vision problems but there are other everyday things we can do to prolong vision. One thing is to do “eye exercises,” (many different types). One I remember is to cover one eye and read something at a distance (like a sign) without glasses to strengthen our muscles. Some people who wear glasses can even improve to the degree they don’t need glasses. I learned this from Doctor Deborah Banker, an ophthalmologist practicing natural and alternative medicine. 🙂 It helped me regain some vision temporarily.

  9. Robyn,
    My trainer would be so pleased to find his words ricocheting between readers. He was such a teacher! And completely blind.

  10. BunKaryudo,
    Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment on one of the biggest lessons I learned in my training. 🙂

  11. Amy, it is exciting. Thank you again for allowing me to share some of your material. It’s only through being open that we can eventually obtain understanding.

  12. Yes, so true. I had that vague fear for years before it was named and even after I heard my mobility instructor’s words, it took awhile for them to sink into my belief system. But it finally caught up with me. And it’s made all the difference in the world. <3 <3

  13. It is so wonderful how you are getting this dialogue going, Steph and Wendy, thank you for being involved and wanting to know more. Exciting!

  14. On the subject of eye pain, I had to take an ERG this past week, a test which measures the response of the rods and cones to darkness and light. Ayayaya! There is an actual name for what i have — Photophobia! My eyes can no longer tolerate flashes of bright lights. After 8 attempts, we couldn’t get a single photo of my retina. I think I could have used those light patches after that! 🙂

  15. Hi Theresa,
    I have to think Steph for posting my quote and you for sharing it with your husband. This might sound unrelated but It makes me think of a line from Jim Croce’s song, I Got a Name. “Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHVBzLGAIbU –> song link.
    Have a great evening!

  16. It’s a big fear / divide for so many of us and lurking in the backs of our minds, taunting us sometimes. We have to move forward trusting that it IS one world seen from different perspectives. It’s so good to IDENTIFY and NAME that feeling so we can push past the barriers that thinking creates.

  17. It is an amazing shift in thought! I learned this on my first blind walk (wearing sleep shades). After it was all over with, I talked to my mobility instructor about our “role reversal” and he shared those words of wisdom with me. He would be so happy to know his words are impacting others. <3

  18. Thank you for reading Judith. I took my vision for granted but I was told that there wasn’t anything more that I could have done differently. I would have yearly eye exams, my prescription was updated regularly but the issue was that I was too nearsighted.

  19. Most of us take our sight for granted, even though as we age we need glasses to read. Thanks for sharing these thoughts and observations with us Stephanae

  20. Yes indeed, though a seeming paradox of sorts, the internal endogram of consciousness is ‘seen’ – meaning psychically apprehended by the individual – whether sighted or not. Photons have nothing to do with it. 🙂

  21. Thanks Khaya, I tried responding to your response to my comment on your blog but WordPress keeps “failing” to send it. I tried to thank you but the message will not go through.

  22. A relative is an optical dispenser but I have not discussed many of these issues with him. I do intend to do so now. That reminds me – I’m overdue for my annual eye check.
    Absolutely no problem re: the award. At least you know I have high regard for you and your blog. 🌹

  23. Awe thank you so much for the nomination Wendy. Unfortunately I’m unable to accept at this time. I did agree to do one as Abigail (the white cane icon) but I’ve not had time to dedicate to it just yet. Laurel, the blogger who nominated Abigail thought it d be a hoot to have answers from her. I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying my blog, it’s so good having you here and it means so much to me and others in a similar situation. By having an open dialog on blindness it helps to not only educate people but they can gain an understanding on the importance of yearly eye exams. Many blining eye diseases can be avoided if caught early enough.

  24. Hi Wendy, yeah I too had no idea until I began having issues and a couple of years ago I was diagnosed with iritis and when it flares up the least amount of light is excruiating. I actually have an eye patch on now b/c it’s been sort of a dull ache over the past couple days. At least I have eye drops to use when needed for this issue.

  25. There you go Steph … I’ve learnt something else! I had no idea there was such a thing as ‘eye pain.’ I’m truly sorry to hear this … it just makes those of us who are sighted, even more grateful at how blessed we are.
    I like Amy’s quote. Absolutely profound!

  26. <3 Thank you Laurel!! I always felt comfortable writing business style but blogging is different for me so this compliment means so much because it can be agonizing sometimes getting the thoughts out like I originally intended. I like the way you wrote the "Greeter" series by building anticipation and keeping us on the edge of our seats. It was so enjoyable I hope you'll do more like it.

  27. You have NEVER seemed to have trouble getting the right wording. All of your posts are so elegantly written. …and by the way…you are absolutely beautiful!
    Yes, let Amy know that we are commenting and enjoying getting to know her as well as our other warrior!

  28. It seemed to take forever though to get the right wording. Sometimes listening to another’s viewpoint sounds more compelling to me. I just sent a note to Amy to let her know that she’s getting some comments. Hopefully we’ll hear from her.

  29. Oh my goodness yes but in this particular situation it really spoke to me. I had been trying to put this thought across for quite some time before I read Amy’s book and when I saw it I was like “YES” this is exactly how I feel. Especially when you have some remaining vision because it gets fuzzy from an outsider’s perspective.

  30. Thank you Yvonne!! When I first read this quote as a beta reader for Amy’s book it hit me hard because she was able to verbalize so clearly what I had been thinking. It’s pretty powerful. I’ll pass this along to Amy. 😀

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