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In 2016, my vision was becoming blurry and was progressively becoming worse.  The rapidly increasing compromise in my ability to see clearly was, needless to say, a concern. As it turned out, I was developing cataracts in both eyes. 

Now here in Canada, we have a socialized medical delivery system. Despite the praises those on the left lavish on the benefits of socialized anything, socialized medical care means long waiting lists.  Accordingly, I was told that I would be put on the waiting list for the necessary surgery. That waiting list, I was told, was one year! 

Alarmed, and rapidly losing the productivity I had been used to, I began seeking out doctors who could perform the surgery on a paid basis.  Now the whole idea of surgery on my eyes was a very scary thing!  And then, when you make the arrangements for eye surgery you are, not surprisingly, required to sign a multi-page release in favor of the surgeon. Despite the fact that successful cataract surgeries are performed thousands of times per year, in a very small percentage of cases complications, some very serious, do arise.  We have all heard the phrase "you don't know what you've got until it's gone".  For me, the realization began to really sink in that the gift of sight is a such a precious one indeed!

Long story short, I eventually had the surgery and I'm very pleased to report that all went very well. But, once my vision had been restored, the sober realization set in that I had really taken something so extremely valuable so much for granted for so long. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized how many of us take so, so much for granted every day. 

Just think about it for just a moment.  Do you wake up in the morning and thank God that you can see, hear, taste, touch and smell?   Some of us do of course but I know that I personally took these things for granted for so long. I am 67 years of age now.  The gifts of our five senses, when you take a look at the science that explains the physiology, biology and neurology of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell, what it really boils down to is that we are all walking, talking miracles!  In our own minds, how often do we really dwell on this profound truth?

My challenge to you friends is this: please don't make the mistake that I made for so long. Wake up every morning feeling grateful for the things that you have.  Don't wait for some crisis to come along before you truly appreciate what you have.  Practice the art of gratitude daily.  I promise you that doing so will make a huge difference in your life! 

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  • Active Member
    Thank you all so much for commenting. It is true that the best things in life, faith, love, gratitude, peace, beauty...they are all free and to be cherished...a blessed day to all...
  • Active Member
    Great story, Grant... Gratitude is my favorite topic... Thank you for sharing... :D
  • Active Member
    You are most welcome George. It is easy to take God's greatest gifts for granted. I now believe that appreciation, in and of itself, is also a gift from God...
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    It is nice to know that your story has a happy ending. Thanks for the sobering reminded, Grant, I appreciate it.
  • Active Member
    I am glad the surgery was successful. It seems many people face problems. Much of the world is facing one right now. What I have found is many times peoples faith helps them though. This is not faith in the government though, it is faith that there is something greater than us in the universe.
  • Active Member
    I'm glad your surgery was successful Grant. I've seen comments similar to yours from other Canadians who say the same thing about wait times for socialized medicine. I agree about socialized anything. It's so true we tend to take the most basic things for granted. I'm thankful to be able to have the senses I wouldn't trade anyone of them for any amount of money. I believe the best things in life are free.
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    Seems like we are so on the same page Terri! It is true that, in our own strength we can do nothing so yes a big Amen on that! I also agree that obedience and living a righteous life are important keys! Thank you so much for commenting! Most appreciated!
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    I'm grateful and thankful for so many things in my life, one is surviving a hurricane in 2017 that flooded my home. I give credit to almighty God because of his love and my trust and belief in his direction in my life. I feel what you saying in this post today and I thank God for each day that I wake up to see another day. I always say "without God I'm nothing because he is the one giving to me." Can I get an amen on that? Thank you Grant for sharing your experience and happy to know God blessed you and his blessings will continue to come to you when you're obedient and live a righteous life.
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