Saturday, February 27, 2021

THE BLINK OF AN EYE – And the Curse of Panception

You know those optical sleights of hand where you have to look at an image in a different way in order to spot the cryptic subject? Then, once you’ve seen it, you can’t not see it?

That’s the way many of life’s small wonders embed themselves in one’s consciousness. Things so elusive at first that they get lost in the surrounding noise—or so commonplace as to become invisible simply for their omnipresence. Like one’s own heartbeat or the muted tapping of fingers on computer keyboards.

Well, I’ve discovered another of these riveting minutiae: eye blinking. 

It was during an interview I recently watched on TV. I probably should have been listening to the dialog, but no, I had to notice the eyes. Turns out the guest blinked hers occasionally—maybe once every five or six seconds. But the host batted his eyes at about three times that rate—like every one to two seconds.

Now I suppose we could debate what accounted for the difference. But that’s not the point. The point is that now I can’t see, or hear…or smell anything but blinking. My God, what if I start obsessing about my own blinkin’ eyes?

I guess it’s just the curse of being what I call a panceptive. You notice everything, even stuff you might wish you hadn’t. A deal with the devil.

Is it worth it? Well, I’m overstating the price of panception just a little. So, attempts at humor aside, of course it’s worth it. Keep your eyes peeled, pay attention, be curious, expect wonder…

…and don’t blink.

   “In the concert of life, are you tuned in to the musicians? To the
     conductor? Perhaps it's the music, taking you far away.
     All that presence asks is that, wherever experience takes you, that's
     where you go—fully, gladly and all the way.”


Ronaldo Vega said...

Hi Jeffrey

Did you ever get to visit the 9/11 Memorial and its Survivor Tree?

Ronaldo Vega

Jeffrey Willius said...

Ronaldo - Pleased to "meet" you here, but why did you comment on this post and not on my post all about the surviror tree?

Ronaldo Vega said...

Hi Jeffrey:

I was indeed touched by your post on the Survivor Tree, but I am clueless about the internet and only saw it just recently. I wasn't sure if I answered a post from six years ago, if it would get lost in the internet and so I reached out to you on your latest post. So did ya go to our Memorial and visit with Survivor?

Jeffrey Willius said...

Ronaldo - This is one of the joys of blogging. Every once in a while I connect with someone with a special connection with something I write about.
But hearing from you is very special. I hope I got at least most of the story right.
How are you?

Jeffrey Willius said...

Ronaldo - Sorry, I neglected to answer your question. No, sadly, I have not been to the 9/11 Memorial site. Hearing from you prompts me to move it up to the top of my bucket list.

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