This past weekend, I found myself in one of those “woe is me”
moods, which, fortunately, don’t hit me too often. The amount of consulting work that needed to
be done by Monday seemed overwhelming, I’d fallen pretty badly behind on
writing my new book on leading “out-of-the-box” change, and on top of that I
was struggling with a cold that wouldn’t go away. Some TLC would’ve pepped me up, but, alas, my
wife Barbara was in North Carolina on a buying trip for her interior design
business, so I was stuck with my morose self.
Fortunately, I lucked into the perfect antidote to self-pity: a dose of Virginia Jacko, the blind CEO of
the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and co-author of our book The
Blind Visionary. Sitting at my
desk, I noticed a copy of the wonderful interview with Virginia in the
October/November issue of “Ability” magazine.
Thumbing through it certainly helped to put things in perspective. Here’s Virginia talking about one of the
benefits of being blind: “I know this
sounds corny, but as a result of my blindness I now have more vision, in some
ways. Sight can be a distraction. For example, if you’re at a restaurant, you
start to look around, check out what people are wearing, see who’s sitting with
whom, or see if you know anybody there.
But if you can’t do that, your other senses are heightened: your sense of taste, your sense of
hearing.” This isn’t a woman who wastes
time bemoaning her fate! Her words did
the trick, and I headed for my study feeling like a cloud had lifted – after,
that is, counting a few of my many blessings.
is a major league magazine, and we’re delighted Virginia was featured. You’ll love the interview. Check it out here. Doug Eadie, Virginia Jacko & Gibney