I’ve been doing a lot of research in order to have my online store launch successfully. Having started several businesses in my past, I know that the two things that make the biggest difference in being a success rather than a failure is research and keeping your eyes open to all possibilities. Close-mindedness is guaranteed failure in business as it is also in life. You can see all kinds of things, but if your mind is closed, you might as well be blind.
Being a fan of eyes, today I hope to open your eyes, mind and heart to a few concepts by sharing some quotes by famous people.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust
I write about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) often because I want everyone to have a look at the disorder through my eyes. I have suffered and succeeded in conquering the Hell that PTSD causes in a person’s life. If normal people (without PTSD) can better understand PTSD, it makes recovery so much easier for the PTSD afflicted person. This is also why I feel that I must publish a book to help those who suffer – those in the clutches of PTSD and the bewildered families who love them.
“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
– John Lubbock
“To see with the eyes of another, to hear with the ears of another, to feel with the heart of another.
For the time being, this seems to me an admissible definition of what we call social feeling.”
– Alfred Adler
By writing about the hurtful experiences and sharing my hurt with those who read my writing, not only do I become real to you, but I open your eyes to new understandings about your own life.
“The eyes are the mirror of the soul.”
– Yiddish Proverb
““The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
– Henri Bergson
Long ago I was with someone that broke my heart. A large part of why I was with him so long was because I was blind to what my eyes saw daily. Because my heart and mind could not accept what the eyes saw, the relationship lasted too long. However, those types of experiences taught and teach me valuable life lessons. Hopefully I won’t have to repeat any of them again.
“The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.”
– Samuel Richardson
When you know someone well, it is easy to see what their lips do not speak.
“There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.”
– G. K. Chesterton
When a heart falls in love, sometimes the brain is left completely out of the equation. Often people do not even really know each other and when their eyes are finally opened to the truth, it is unfortunately in the courtroom as they get a divorce.
“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart”
– St. Jerome
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.”
– Audrey Hepburn
When someone cuts me off in traffic or does some other rude thing, I try really hard to give them the benefit of a doubt. I will tell myself things like, “Maybe their child just ran away, their mother is in the emergency room at the hospital, or they are suffering from PTSD and have no idea what they are doing” to help prevent going into an angry place. None of those reasons may be the truth and the person may in fact just be a rude driver, but at least I keep my own peace.
“Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Her eyes are homes of silent prayers.”
– Lord Alfred Tennyson
Since Alyssa has moved, everyday I think about her, worry about her, and miss her desperately. Not only in my eyes, but in my heart there is a constant prayer that everything will work out great for her and that happiness will abound in her life. Then there’s the prayer for me that somehow I will be able to cope with this separation and living so far from her.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart”
– Helen Keller
“Among the blind, the squinter rules”
Our eyes often deceive us. Then again just because we see the truth it doesn’t mean we are going to believe it. You can ignore the things the eyes see, but unfortunately the heart is unable to not feel the things it doesn’t want to feel. That’s why sometimes the eyes leave streaming trails of tears on your cheeks when you’re really sad.
It took years before I put my picture on the Internet because I didn’t know how I would look through other people’s eyes. I wanted my writing to be the focus of the reader’s attention. As time passed, I realized that it was easier for me to connect with someone when I knew how they believed, what they liked and of course, what they looked like. So after awhile, I stuck my face up in the header of my blog and in pictures throughout my blog, Facebook and Twitter.
I think that if you look at my picture and into my eyes, you can see who I am and the intention of my heart. With that being said, life’s journey is opening my eyes even more. Sometimes my eyes are squinting because fear overtakes me. As long as I keep learning as I move forward, I will succeed. The same truth holds true for you. There are many life’s lessons that you’ve experienced. If you don’t give up and you continue to press forward through the pain and fear, you too will be the squinter among the blind.
My hope for all of us is that we will open our eyes to the truth around us so that we can see the wonderful gift, opportunity and beauty of life.