The Domino Theory …or, a rant

The Domino Theory You know, you’v seen it on TV…all those dominos lined in rows, push one and they all go down, successively. Sometimes a lot of simple tasks lately have seemed just like that: I think it will be one simple action, and instead that leads to another, and another…for example, the saga of getting an eye exam. I really was having difficulty street signs while driving, so I decided to see an opthamologist. At my age, eye appointments tend to be more more than a simple change of eyeglasses, especially with cataract surgery looming on the horizon and family tendency to macular degeneration. First, getting the appointment with a Palo Alto eye center was difficult; When I was finally examined, the opthamologist confirmed that cataracts were developing, but that he would like to see me try eyeglasses with a stronger prescription first, thus, another eye appointment to get the prescription from another doctor, and then to the optometry shop who would actually provide the glasses ( after another 10 days). Oh, yes, and another scheduled appointment to talk about potential signs of beginning macular degeneration. In the meantime, the new glasses are a problem getting used to but it is true that my distance vision is much better ( I can actually see to the signs at the end of the grocery aisle now!) So maybe the path of the dominos is worth it! I know, this is just another unrealistic expectation how how the world works. Maybe I should concentrate on things that go well…like the fabric I bought yesterday for a summer bedspread, and how my sewing machine needle did not break once while I sewed it up, and it actually came out as anticipated. All these are little things in the larger scope of life, but perhaps the larger things are just too difficult to deal with so we try to control the minutiae, pretending we have control of something. Or maybe sometimes they are the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. Well, I opened my one-page devotional this morning, and read:” Learn to laugh at yourself more freely. Don’t take your circumstances so seriously!”…that may be the answer! PS I have forgotten how to re-do the side-bar, but yes, I am 74 since February!

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The Domino Theory…or, a rant

The Domino Theory

 

You know, you’v seen it on TV…all those dominos lined in rows, push one and they all go down, successively.  Sometimes a lot of simple tasks lately have seemed just like that:  I think it will be one simple action, and instead that leads to another, and another…for example, the saga of getting an eye exam.  I really was having difficulty street signs while driving, so I decided to see an opthamologist. At my age, eye appointments tend to be more more than a simple change of eyeglasses, especially with cataract surgery looming on the horizon and family tendency to macular degeneration. First, getting the appointment with a Palo Alto eye center was difficult; When I was finally examined, the opthamologist confirmed that cataracts were developing, but that he would like to see me try eyeglasses with a stronger prescription first, thus, another eye appointment to get the prescription from another doctor, and then to the optometry shop who would actually provide the glasses ( after another 10 days).  Oh, yes, and another scheduled appointment to talk about potential signs of beginning macular degeneration.  In the meantime, the new glasses are a problem getting used to but it is true that my distance vision is much better ( I can actually see to the signs at the end of the grocery aisle now!) So maybe the path of the dominos is worth it!

 

I know, this is just another unrealistic expectation how how the world works. Maybe I should concentrate on things that go well…like the fabric I bought yesterday for a summer bedspread, and how my sewing machine needle did not break once while I sewed it up, and it actually came out as anticipated.

 

All these are little things in the larger scope of life, but perhaps the larger things are just too difficult to deal with so we try to control the minutiae, pretending we have control of

something. Or maybe sometimes they are the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.

 

Well, I opened my one-page devotional this morning, and  read:” Learn to laugh at yourself more freely. Don’t take your circumstances so seriously!”…that may be the answer!

 

PS I have forgotten how to re-do the side-bar, but yes, I am 74 since February!