In fact, I had one friend tell me she initially thought I must have had weak eyesight because I looked down so much.
Here’s what I’m learning:
Something is weak alright – but it isn’t my eyesight.
I like to look at the ground because it doesn’t look back.
Its so true, isn’t it? The eyes really are the window into a person’s soul. You get so much information from a person’s eyes. In a mere glance, you can see joy, pain, love or emptiness.
I think I kept my eyes down because I didn’t want to be that vulnerable. I couldn’t handle being that exposed. (why am I blogging?? 🙂 )
Do you know what I used to do when someone looked at me? I would think, “uh-oh, they just smiled at me. I must have something in my teeth. Or maybe my hair’s doing some crazy thing. Aargh! I wonder what’s wrong.”
Isn’t this absurd? (note: my teeth are a food magnet. Seriously, if lunch is still hanging out there, it okay to say so.)
Finally, it clicked.
There’s nothing wrong. Actually, something is really right.
I don’t want to look down anymore.
So, I started raising my eyes. I started looking at people. I started smiling at them. And I’m so glad I did.
Its funny. I find now that when I look at people and smile, the initial reaction I get is a questionable look that reads, “do I know you?” It is quickly followed by the person glancing over their shoulder to see if it really is them I’m looking at! When they realize that yep, it is indeed them, I almost always get a smile back.
Isn’t it cool the way a person’s face lights up when they smile? Better yet, isn’t it amazing at how much better you feel inside when someone smiles at you?
As much as I believe God wants us to enjoy the creation at our feet, I think He delights so much more when we enjoy the creation before our very eyes.
I spent so much time looking down that I focused too much on my own step.
Now I look at people so I can walk in step with them.