In life, no matter the context, it’s important to make sure that your lens is clear. When I say that, I mean that your focus needs to be clear of distractions. These distractions can come in a range of forms, including squabbles with others and frustrations over petty nonsense. As a medical doctor, I treat patients with eye problems, and I’ve also related a story in a previous blog post about how I once spent a period of time unable to see. I also mentioned how that experience caused me to never take for granted my clear eyesight. So, in a way, I encourage you to see clearly, both literally and figuratively.
How to Clear Your Lens
Throughout life, we all face challenges, and sometimes, these challenges can muddy our sight. It might be a toxic relationship or problems at work, but over time, the emotional gunk that builds up can have an impact on how we view others around us and the future. When this happens, we might have misunderstandings or we may treat others improperly. This is all because we have not taken the time to clear our lens or perspective. In order to make the lens of life clear, we need to take a moment to reflect on what’s really going on within. When you were in that toxic relationship, how did it affect you? Are you allowing it to change who you are and who you have been? Have problems at work warped you into someone whom you aren’t meant to be? Addressing these things is the key to clearing the lens and seeing life and yourself for what they are.
Investing in Others
Another way to clear away the gunk of life from your lens is to invest in others. When you do this, you have a chance to gain a different perspective. Too often, we get stuck in our own little worlds, seeing things only from our perspectives. Taking the time to see things through someone else’s lens of life can help in realizing our connections to one another. This may be difficult to do in some cases, but the benefits are well worth it in the end.
Take Time for Yourself
You should also take time for yourself in order to clear your life’s lens. Although this can be challenging in our busy world, it is necessary for everyone to take time to reflect. How you choose to do this is up to you, and there is no requirement for reflection. Some people find that taking a walk in nature allows them to clear away the gunk of life, while others prefer to take a long drive alone. However you do it, you need to do it.
Talk to Loved Ones
Finally, I would recommend having regular conversations with loved ones to help you in the process of clearing your life’s lens. Getting support from those around you is a big part of refreshing yourself, and in many cases, you’ll find that sharing perspectives can help you to recalibrate your own. Allowing life’s stresses to build up will only lead to problems in the end, so you need to take action in some manner. Remember, life is short, so don’t waste it being miserable. Take action to clear your lens and get a fresh perspective today.