Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 1:8
Growing up, I always viewed this verse as my parents, not in any Biblical terms, harping on me. Do you know what I mean?
Sunday my eyes were opened to a new view on “instruction, teaching and correction.” I was introduced to “Blind Spots.”
“Heavenly Dad? Definition, please?”
Blind spots: we think we are driving perfectly fine on the road of life: work (putting in our 40 and going through the motions with what we think is great accuracy) or maybe our Christian walk (going to services and maybe volunteering here or there) and then someone or something comes at us from out of no where, side swipes/smashes into us, knocking us off course, showing our mistakes, inconsistencies, inattentiveness, insensitivity, or outright selfishness. This shakes our world or beliefs to their core.
In church on Sunday the pastor mentioned these areas that go unnoticed and lovingly called them our Blind Spots. Heavenly Dad has been nudging me ever since, sigh. Blind spots are happening all over my everyday life, work, relationships, even (truly) driving.
This was revealed to me in a super kind way when someone from work suggested a way I could do something better/more efficiently. What I learned at a training is when we are critiqued, that is a pressure point. We either fall apart(taking it as a personal failure) or lean into it, putting aside ego, and end up building “work muscle,” making myself better and stronger in the process.
The Sunday nugget along with when the rubber met the road at work, I had a V8, Head thumping moment (it’s been a while). What would happen if I was proactive for my Blind Spots? What would that look like?
I would first and foremost have to throw out my ego ( but it’s so comfy and fits me so well!). I would have to go to people who know me the best, I trust and ask,”Honestly…how am I doing? What am I missing?Where am I falling short? Do you see areas I could do better,” then choose to not feel defeated or take it personally when truth is revealed—OUCH! Wow, how our lives could change-for the better!
Blind spots…we’ve all got them. The question is: what are we going to do about them?
Thanks for putting up with me for another week😉.
Until next time: Blessings!