Through the Eyes of Another

j0401025.jpgThis morning I took my little girl to pick up her first pair of glasses. We’ve known for some time that she has had a difficult time seeing far-away objects. It wasn’t until just recently that we realized how poor her eyesight really was. But in my mind, it was nothing too serious. She never complained about it, and it never kept her from doing things around the house or playing soccer.

My daughter was very excited about getting glasses. Not only could she then be able to see distances, she would look studious and smart (and cute). She liked that part of it. She has been counting down the days over the past week so that we could go and pick them up at the doctor’s office.

As she tried them on and left the doctor’s office, she was in awe. She was so excited about what she could see. In her words, “Dad, everything is 3D.” And, “Dad, I can see the branches of trees. . . . . the trees even have holes in them.” It was an exciting drive on the way home. But it got me thinking, “How many of us simply think that everyone sees the world as we do?” I simply thought that my daughter could see things as I did (pretty selfish huh). From seeing, to hearing, to feeling, speaking, etc.  Don’t we often just expect that everybody experiences life in the same manner that we do? It is a fascinating thing to ponder.

In working with seniors, it is my goal to try and see the world as they see it. To put on “glasses” that allow me to see their world from their perspective. Their world may be lonely, stressful, full of doctor’s appointments, void of sound, deminishing vision or pain. Would their life be changed if they could afford the cost of hearing aids? Cataract surgery? Hip relacement? Or dental surgery? Would their life be more enjoyable by going to the symphony? Traveling to see their grandchildren? Buying a more reliable car? What is the price they pay for not doing these things? 

You see, we often view life from what WE think matters, not necessarily others. But based on how we view it, we may not see the details of life that lie right before us, and miss an opportunity to give to another.

As a reverse mortgage specialist it gives me great perspective to see the life that my clients live. In order to help them, I need to, in a sense, feel their pain and the challenges that they face on a daily basis. Without it, I am unable to truly give to them what they need.

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