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Adjust Your Vision
July 10, 2012
As I was entering the tunnel heading towards 95 north I found it quite difficult to see. I had just come out of the sunlight that gleamed so bright. The clarity and sharpness that was present before entering the tunnel had dissipated. It took a few seconds for my eyes to amend themselves to their surroundings. I’ve trekked through this tunnel for many years but this time around I was fully aware and engrossed in how my eyes adjusted; but on the other hand I took note of the internal feelings that grew within me as I trailed the tunnel in just a few short minutes.
While driving through the tunnel I noticed the light changed three different times. When I reached the middle of the tunnel my eyes adjusted to the light as the dimness intensified. Since the tunnel seemed to become darker my vision adjusted again to deal with the challenges that I was beginning to conjure up in my mind. As my visual perception dwindled my emotional perception was heightened. I found myself not only asserting with visual issues but I perceived I also had to contend with spatial issues all stemming from a backdrop called fear. Plain and simple, I feared losing control because of the two simple adversities I had been faced with.
I built scenarios in my mind in order to fight against the progress of making it out of the tunnel while at the same time my senses became more and more conducive to my surroundings. My visual perception was able to alter to my surroundings despite it being a bit exigent for me.
So what did I do to exit out of this tunnel? I had to first fine-tune my thinking then visualize coming out of what seemed like an uncomfortable situation. I knew that in order for me to get out of a dim situation I needed to maneuver my way out by accelerating or pushing that much harder to achieve seeing that light at the end of the tunnel instead of decelerating because of fear — designed to slow me down and trip me up.
The human eye is able to adapt or function in very dark to very bright levels of light. Stimulation varies inversely with intensity. In bright light, convergence is low, however, in dark levels of light, adaptation convergence boost. Just like the eye, as humans, we have the ability to detect light and dark situations, measure perception, adapt to environment and life requirements and lastly have resolving power. I submit to you this day, not to allow negative visual perceptions trick the mind into being incapable of seeing a winning outcome.