Friday, June 21, 2013

Life Lessons—Correct Your Vision

by Reba J. Hoffman

I’ve worn glasses or contacts since third grade. Interesting thing is that I can clearly see a mile without my glasses. The doctor said I’m farsighted. And color blind. I didn’t know what that meant so I became a student of eyesight at a young age.

Turns out we suffer from the same vision problems when it comes to our writing dreams. Let’s take a look at some of them.

  • Nearsightedness: When you are so focused on the immediate that you cannot see the length of your vision. None of us can really see that far into the future so you’re in good company.
  • Farsightedness: You can see close up and far away but you have challenges focusing on the task at hand. You would rather cast your vision out into the future. It’s much easier for you to stare into the distance than to what’s right in front of you.
  • Presbyopia: Your vision has become brittle, making you less flexible. The result is inability to see what’s happening right in front of your nose. You push your responsibilities farther and farther away, trying to improve your focus.
  • Astigmatism: The way you see your vision is distorted because your emotional eyes are misshapen. Things aren’t clear to you and, unless corrected, will remain blurry. This prevents you from accomplishing many of the things your vision would dictate.
  • Cataract: Because of the age of your vision, things begin to cloud over. This makes it increasingly difficult to see your dream. If left untreated, you eventually will be completely blinded to the vision of your dream.

The health of our eyes plays a huge role in our happiness and ability to function. It is rare these days to see someone who has not had some sort of correction of their vision by surgery, contact lenses or glasses. Using these technologies, people see clearly.

Your writing dream vision also can also be improved, corrected and saved by getting the help you need to improve your vision. Once you do, you’ll see things with clarity like you’ve never seen your world before. When you see things so clearly, it will open up a whole new world for you.

How’s your vision? Are you able to see your dream clearly? Share it here!

Reba J. Hoffman is the founder and president of Magellan Life Coaching ( She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling and is a natural encourager. She serves as Member Care Coach for My Book Therapy and is the author of Dare to Dream, A Writer’s Journal. You can connect with Reba through her motivational blog, Finding True North, or by email at You can also follow her on Twitter at @RebaJHoffman.


  1. Love this, Reba! I wonder how much stress has to do with our astigmatism. We get some negative comments or a relationship is difficult, and our vision gets distorted. Time with the Lord and focusing on His will can bring it back into focus.

  2. You're so right Meghan. I would imagine a large degree of our stress is due to this. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is so appropriate and timely, especially since I just had to advance to the next level of glasses from CVS. :) Some days all I can see is someone else and what I think THEY should be doing - what vision problem is that? Whatever it is, I need treatment on those days and fast. I like the comparison of my vision to life ... makes me think.