Daniel Green: Woke up Blind
Everybody has situations where they come to the exact same choice that I have. I think we face this choice many times throughout our life. The choice is – we can either give up or we can continue living.
Imagine as you wake up tomorrow, your eyes are closed, you hear the birds outside, and the rustling of the sheets as your spouse starts to wake up beside you. Before opening your eyes, you take a deep breath and enjoy the crisp morning summer air flowing in from your bedroom window. Imagine the fresh air filling your lungs as you prepare to open your eyes and take on the routines of the day.
But then, you open your eyes and see nothing but darkness. You quickly rub your eyes then begin blinking frantically. You stumble into the bathroom and flip on the light switch gazing into the direction of the mirror. You see nothing…just darkness. You are blind.
This is not far off an experience Daniel Green had. He explains “when I was 3 years old I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Back then they didn’t know much about diabetes. They didn’t even have blood glucose monitors when I was diagnosed. All they knew was that your body didn’t work right. Some doctors suggested that I should run my blood sugar high. Now, they say doing that can be very bad.”
Though the knowledge of diabetes has come a long way since then, the advice and direction that Daniel received, in those early days, has likely contributed to his current situation. For the last seven years Daniel has kept his blood sugar in the normal range. He has followed the advice of medical professionals. Then, about a year ago he woke up and his life would never be the same. Daniel was blind.
The Beautiful Days
“The things I picture in my mind most often are those days I felt were beautiful…Beautiful days. I remember the sunshine, the bright blue skies, green grass…I remember the things I was doing on those particular days, spending time with my wife and children–even some days at work although, that wasn’t as much fun. I just picture beautiful memories.”
Look at the world with new eyes today. Put down your smart phone. Look up and take notice of the sunshine, the deep blue colors of the sky, and the fluffy white clouds. Look up at the sky at night and notice the moon, the countless starts and the vastness of space. Imagine that today is the last day that you are to see anything…What will you remember most?
Be Better Today Then You Were Yesterday
Even with his challenging circumstances, Daniel is one of the most positive people you will ever meet. “My life motto is to be better today than I was the day before. There is always something I can do better at. Whether it’s developing yourself personally, strengthening relationships with others, being more physical, sharpening your mental abilities or even developing yourself more spiritual, there is always something to live for and something to do.”
“Blindness has taught me to do better than yourself every day. Sometimes we get caught in a rut of comparing ourselves to others. You look at what other people have and you wish you had that or wish you were that. Sometimes you look at others and say I am better than that, I am better than this person. We should look at ourselves and think about how we can be better today than we were yesterday.”
“Being blind, I’ve had to learn to be better than myself. I haven’t been able to do simple things like clean the house or making a sandwich—I’ve had to relearn how to do all of those things. The greatest lesson I have learned is learning how to be better than I was the day before.”
“Everybody has situations where they come to the exact same choice that I have. I think we face this choice many times throughout our life. The choice is – we can either give up or we can continue living. I enjoy life. I don’t see a lot of stuff that everyone else does anymore but I still
enjoy life. I enjoy playing with my children, I enjoying being with my wife. I’ll even go to movies, I won’t be able to see them but I can hear stuff. I enjoy living. I enjoy the things I learn every day. I enjoy the people I come in contact with.”
“Even though I can’t see it, I can feel when it’s a bright and sunny day. I love that feeling. I can feel when it’s a dark and stormy day, when it’s rainy. We can either choose to enjoy those experiences or we can choose to give up and say this life isn’t worth it anymore. With all the things out there to learn, with all the people out there to meet, it’s just so much better to keep going then to give up.”
“My favorite book is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I learned a lot about relationships with people and how people think. It was one of
first books I got on cd when I went blind.”
“Another favorite is a combination of books. The Bible and The Book of Mormon, from them I learn how I should be. There are great examples of people who treat others kindly, show the love we should have for everybody. From these books of scripture, I see how I can improve.”
“I also love, The Belgariad by David Eddings. I read this just for enjoyment, just for fun. He goes into descriptions about places that they are passing through. I can picture them in my mind and see the beauty he saw with those books.
What can you learn from Daniels life? I hope that you will be able to see the brighter things of life. Whatever your struggles in life, make the right choice and continue living.