Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Is it too late for me to say that…or too early? I said “Happy New Year” to one of my customers, Friday. He and I had been back to work since Wednesday and both thought that now would be a good time to stop with the holiday blessings. Maybe it is, but it makes me feel good. “I wish you a Merry Christmas” You don’t have to be a priest or pastor to give that wish to someone. No ordination required.
I’ll tell you though, that’s something that you don’t want to get me started on, “Happy Holidays”. I used to say it, because it encompassed the entire holiday season. Then, people started saying it because they didn’t want to offend anyone. To be politically correct, you HAD to say Happy Holidays. That goes from a simple greeting in the hall to our Christmas cards. That’s right, Christmas CARDS. You remember, that’s the reason for the season. I have no problem with anyone’s choice of religion. But, that doesn’t mean that I can’t wish them a Merry Christmas!
In my job I have the opportunity to meet people from all across the world. Many of their beliefs are different than mine. That doesn’t matter because, in the end, I know that I’m right. 🙂 Look at me and tell me there was no Jesus that was sent to us (earth) from God, His father. I firmly believe that He is the reason that I’m still here and I have a job to do for Him. My theological background does not run that deep, but it doesn’t have to. Believe that Jesus Christ was born and died for our sins. That’s where your personal belief begins. You don’t have that belief so you get healthy, or get a different job or even get into heaven. Heaven happens, but it’s not the reason for believing. We believe because … it’s the right thing to do,,,no, ..He told us to…no (how many times do you do things because you were told to?), it feels good…no. Everyone should understand that our belief is not in place for something to come, it ‘s in place for what has already been here and the hope and joy for what has been prepared for us. The next step is to share this with others. You don’t have to preach to them, but let them know what you believe and why. They’ll see the impact that your beliefs have had on your life. You’ll know that you’ve had an impact when they ask you, “how do I get what you’ve got?”..
Remember, it’s not about the food – it’s about the meal. It’s not about the vacation – it’s about the trip. It’s not about the destination – it’s about the journey. My journey has recently taken me back to Dr. Katz for a follow-up appointment. He took measurements of my eyesight and determined that my vision has stabilized. I still see double – when both eyelids are open – just like I did in October. The next step is to have the Frontalis Sling surgery. If it’s been a while since you’ve eaten, you can “google” it and watch a procedure. It’s not something for the faint of heart.
You may be wondering why would I want both eyes open if I’m going to see double? Why not just leave one lid down? My goal is to get more light into my eyes. The doctors can lessen my double vision with prism glasses and possibly more eye-muscle surgeries, within a few months (not immediate). If need be, I can go back to wearing a patch over one.
My appointment was on Monday, the 31st. He told me that it takes up to 3 weeks for approval from the insurance company. I got a call on Wednesday that my surgery had been approved. The first available time is January 16th. Believe it or not, that’s too soon for me. I’m nervous about swelling and adapting to seeing more times two.
I have some decisions to make and I’m still here to tell you about it.