Blind Vaysha is an animated girl whose left eye can see only the past, and whose right eye can see only the future.
According to her story, at first the villagers try to fix Vaysha, recommending the gallbladder of a rooster for the left eye and the heart of a rooster for the right.
But nothing works. The villagers succumb to fear and avoidance and hushed whispers whenever Vaysha walks by.
Her mother predicts she will only be cured by meeting the person who can unite her vision. But every suitor who approaches strikes Vaysha as both young enough to be her child, and already asking to be buried.
So awful and confusing is this for Vaysha that she thinks the only solution is to tear out one eye; but she finds the past just as terrifying as the future, and cannot bring herself to choose.
In the end, we are asked:
Don't we all look at the world through the eyes of Vaysha?
As we prepare to celebrate everything we have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving -- which always comes, ironically, with the requisite hours or days of pre-celebration preparation stress...
I invite you to reflect on whatever helps unite YOUR vision, and to make some room for those little things that bring you back into your wild and precious present.
For me, the list is:
- Being in nature
- Watching animals and considering their perfect markings and lack of prefrontal cortex
- Gazing at the face of someone I love while they concentrate or tell me their thoughts
- Being immersed in bodies of water (or just the shower)
- The night sky
- Walking outside with no destination
- The epic beat drop in Dance Yourself Clean by LCD Soundsystem
With the exception of beat drops and bodies of water, I'll be seeking all of these in the high desert of Joshua Tree National Park this week, doing my best not to succumb to the terrible FOMO I am tempted to feel around not being home for Thanksgiving.
As you look around the table at your people, consider how perfect it is just to be together -- whether or not everything went (or will go!) precisely according to plan.