My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Smiling is Beautiful

A good friend with Retinitis Pigmentosa shared with me his 'ten-second rule.' Basically, if he sets something down and then can't find it after 10 seconds he moves forward and doesn't continue to search. It will eventually appear! I incorporate this ... which often leads to instances like this: (two identical items close by each other!) Coming back with the second bottle of windex and papertowels led me to bump into the first one and wonder how in ten seconds I missed this! Generally, I do try to use the skills learned at the blind center but sometimes get distracted and totally forget what I learned. And in this stage of life the memory as well as the vision is slipping ... I am told the memory will return?
I find when this happens I laugh at myself and proceed. To me, smiling and laughing at ourselves is important and beautiful.

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6 comments:

Brandi Hyer said...

Becky, that made me laugh out loud. I do that all of the time and I can see just fine. I am glad that you are so positive. Miss ya!

Becky said...

Brandi -- miss you! Your comment brightened my day.

Reddunappy said...

LOL I love it! I am not blind and when I cant find something I go on, noing it will turn up eventually LOL

Ro said...

For weeks now, I couldn't find my nail file. I'd look for it for a minute or so and then resign to use an old one. The other night I looked for it again. No go. Then I thought, is it still in my toiletry bag from when I went to school? So I went and looked and bam! Hahaha! I have everything contained, like in tins and stuff, so that when I'm searching around I'm not knocking stuff off dressers. I don't know how many times I felt around the tin where I usually keep the nail file haha!!

3 labs 4 me said...

You are not alone........I missed placed my car keys & found them ONE YEAR later. I lost my reading glasses months ago & I have yet to find them. At this point in my life, my memory is scattered & sometimes I worry about it. My friends assure me that it will get better. I hold on to that hope & try not to be concerned. Hang in there!

Becky said...

Ro - keeping things in containers has helped me SO much as well. I need to get back to having all my cleaning items in a basket to take from room to room!

You are all right - not just a blind thing is it!