As the holidays wind down it’s a natural time for us to reflect on the past twelve months and plan for the new year. What does it look like for you?
An Unexpected Trip
A few weeks ago, some friends suggested we take a trip for New Year’s Day. We don’t normally do this, because we like to take it easy after the Christmas holiday.
But this time our answer was an enthusiastic “yes!” We had just been deciding what to do New Year’s Eve and couldn’t think of anything. We jumped at the opportunity to do something new.
It was a great decision. We spent the weekend in a cabin with our friends, skiing and snowboarding in the mountains of North Carolina. Needless to say, we were glad we went. We saw some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery we had ever seen.
An Unusual Year
Many people agree 2016 had its ups and downs. A lot of people are bidding the past year good riddance. On the other hand, there are some who feel it was their best year ever.
If you’re like me, 2016 was a mixed bag. There were great experiences with family and friends. But there were also challenges I could have done without. Isn’t it human nature for us to want more of the good times? We’d rather not have to deal with challenges at all. But you know that’s not how it works.
We may not be able to prevent challenges, but we sure can plan ahead. And that’s what January is all about.
I can’t plan your year for you or help you avoid challenges. But I can help you become more aware of your vision, and what it means to celebrate it. Here are some great ways to make sure you see what you want to see this year:
- Get outside. We work hard, and many of us spend our days using computers, tablets, and phones. But our eyes are most relaxed when we’re looking at far distances. In addition to giving your eyes a break, going outside often comes with great scenery. Some of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen are outdoors. For more benefits of being outside, see this post.
- Do something new. You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to enjoy new experiences. Our was about three hours away. And yet it felt like we had visited another country. We’ve added gorgeous scenery, quaint shops, and a cozy mountain cabin to our visual memory banks.
- Focus on people. Don’t forget the visual lifestyle involves spending time with others. Everyone is beautiful in his or her own right. But you won’t discover why unless you spend a little time. Plus, like our ski weekend, experiences are made better in the presence of good company.
- Get an eye exam. I know. It may not be high on your list of experiences for the year. But it should be. I saw too many patients in 2016 who neglected their personal health and eye care. Many of them missed something serious and now it’s too late. Don’t wait, make it happen as soon as you can. If the visual lifestyle is about clear vision and healthy eyes for a lifetime, then a comprehensive eye health exam with an eye doctor you trust is the foundation.
Most of us hope for a better, more satisfying year than the last one. And while there are a lot of things outside our control, living the visual lifestyle is not. With just a bit of planning you can make sure you see the people, places, and things you want to see this year.
Just make sure you see them clearly.
Question: What do you want to see this year? Please tell me in the comments below.
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