Blind Spots

WE ALL HAVE BLIND SPOTS.

This is the truth: We don’t see things as they really are—especially ourselves. We all think we have twenty-twenty vision in life, but we don’t. We don’t see things as they really are.

Let me give you an example. Do you play golf? If you do, you will understand this example. (If you don’t, think about a time you watched a recording of yourself.) Have you ever had your golf swing recorded? When you got the recording back, did your swing look like what you thought it would? Probably not. How many surprises were there? Probably not just one tiny one. You most likely didn’t watch the recording and think, “The only problem is I take the club a fraction outside the line on the way back; other than that, my golf swing is perfect.” No. If you examine it, really study it, you will see that you could probably improve your grip, your stance, where the ball sits in your setup, your tempo, your release at the top, the follow-through, and many other things. In your mind you may have thought you had a nice, easy swing like Fred Couples’, but the recording doesn’t lie and it quickly dispels that myth.

We don’t see things as they really are.

Once we recognize and accept this, the real work can begin, because three things happen. We develop humility; we become docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and we stop judging ourselves and other people.

Excerpt taken from Chapter 30 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).

Focus

How are your blind spots affecting your relationships?

Act

Ask someone close to you to tell you one opportunity for growth in your life.

Pray

Lord, take the blindness from my eyes so that I can see people, situations, and myself as you do.

Watch today’s second video, featuring a Dynamic Catholic team member. Lindsey Wopschall is one of our mission partners and comes to us from Pasadena, California. Lindsey is an avid runner, and has seen a sunrise in Bar Harbor, Maine, which is the first place the sun rises in the United States every morning.

How are your blind spots affecting your relationships?