I watched a presentation this evening of a blind man – Randy Pierce – who shared a very inspirational story.
Imagine a conference room, a stage set up with a projector and a microphone. Tables fill the room with local business leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, employees, and aspiring innovators. The Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce introduces Randy and his dog, Autumn to the stage. The man was about 6 feet, 4 inches and kindly asks his dog to sit near the podium. Just then, Randy tells a story of hope, strength, resilience, determination, and gratitude.
Imagine losing sight – it’s hard to even conceptualize. Imagine having to rely on your family, friends, loved ones, strangers, animals and even your gut instincts to manage day-to-day. I am sure that most people take their sight for granted – unaware of how difficult, or perhaps challenging it may be to function without “seeing” what’s in front of you. Randy created a safe space to think, feel and be around the very realty of accepting and understanding what it means to be visually impaired.
Randy inspired me to write this blog post and made me think of tackling the next adventure I am about to take with a new perspective. We all just started off the year with goals in mind – for our personal lives, business, health, relationships, family matters, and future. Take a brief moment to appreciate the small gift we have called sight and understand how special that ability is and how lucky we are to see colors, shapes, people, our environment, the sun, animals, and the varying landscapes that make up our earth.
I am hoping that I get a lot of out of this trip and new adventure, such as a cool passport stamp, an experience in a foreign country, meeting new people, visiting the same place that Lord of The Rings was filmed and exploring vast mountains and valleys in New Zealand. Nothing will be as valuable as the ability to share my trip, experiences and destinations with the community I care and love about.
So thank you for taking the time to read this blog, and I hope you find some inspiration to start one of your own, or perhaps follow my adventures while I begin a new journey of exploration, understanding and appreciation for this vast world in which we live.
For more information on Randy Pierce and to learn more, please visit his website – 2020visionquest.org