On my long commute to work today I filled the time by listening to a Ted Radio Hour podcast hosted by NPR. I’ve listened to them before and really enjoy the format. The Ted Radio Hour podcasts highlight a handful of Ted Talks around a given topic. I’ve found many to be very interesting. They inevitably point me to a Ted Talk that I wouldn’t have otherwise come across.
Today’s podcast was entitled “The Five Senses.” The five highlighted Ted Talks explored how the brain processes sensation to derive our “reality.”
Although I found all of the Ted Talks interesting, one of them really inspired me and I wanted to share it with you. It was Isaac Lidsky’s “How Can Going Blind Give You Vision?”
In his short 12 minute Ted Talk, Isaac describes how a medical condition slowly robbed him of his vision by the time he was 25. When he learned of the news that he’d lose his eyesight, he believed his future was destined to be filled with despair and loneliness. When he confronted his fear that blindness was going to ruin his life, he realized that he could make a different decision. He realized he could create his own reality.
The NPR podcast is fascinating (9 minutes), as is the Ted Talk itself (12 minutes). The critical takeaway was that blindness taught him how to live life “eyes wide open.” Here are some of the keys as to how he does this:
- Hold yourself accountable for your thoughts
- Silence your internal critic
- Accept your strengths and weaknesses
- Recognize your assumptions
- Correct your misconceptions
I hope this inspires you, just as much as it inspired me. Choose to live life with your eyes wide open.
Be open to what comes.