Tip#5 Keep a Sense of Humor
For the past two months, I’ve been sharing valuable tips in coping with vision loss I’ve gleaned from experience. Some tips have been of a practical nature while others deal with attitude-like the 3 “h”s — honesty, humor and life hacks – whatever is out there to help identify items you have trouble seeing.
For a quick recap, we’ve talked about some tips in the kitchen, being specific when trying to locate and access places and items, slowing down to avoid potential accidents, using consistent, strong, natural lighting and that important “h” tip – getting honest to tell people how they can best help you.
Keeping a Positive Outlook and a Ready Sense of Humor.
A Picnic With Extended Family
Let me tell you a quick story. A few days ago, I made a special picnic dish called “Cowboy Caviar” in honor of my uncle visiting from Wyoming. It involved combining a comprehensive list of fresh ingredients (such as corn, black-eyed peas, avocado, cilantro, red and green pepper, tomatoes, red onion, etc with a vinegar dressing). It is used as a dipping sauce for tortilla chips. After everyone arrived, we stood in line around the picnic table to serve ourselves.
My Eyes Play a Trick on Me
When it came time for me load my plate, somehow I picked up the cover of one of the serving bowls and began to dish up the cowboy caviar on it.
Alarmed, my brother cried, “Amy, you can’t use that lid for your own plate!”
Lid? What was he talking about?
How Should I Respond?
I looked down at the plate I was tossing food onto. It was indeed the big blue lid to the plastic plastic bowl! As everyone’s eyes followed my hand now holding a large serving spoon, I stopped. “So I am! Well, I don’t need that much cowboy caviar! I’m not a cowgirl!”
Someone reached over and handed me a white paper plate.
All my relatives burst out laughing and the moment turned into a funny story.
We Choose Our Reaction!
If I had chosen to get angry or embarrassed, it could have stopped the picnic and those in my family not as familiar with my vision loss might have looked away and pretended not to have seen the blunder.
Instead, my quick comeback–as silly as it was–created bonds of laughter and united us.
It’s all a matter of perspective! We always have a choice in how we respond to what happens to us in life.
So remember tip #5:
Keep a Positive Outlook and a Ready Sense of Humor
… In other words, learn to laugh a LOT! As I’ve mentioned before, laughter puts others at ease so it bridges otherwise painful gaps between those with sight loss and the sighted.
What have you done lately (vision-impaired or sighted) that you have had to keep the right perspective and respond with humor? Did you find it difficult or are you used to turning your blunders into memorable moments?
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