Blind spots

I have come to see, quite recently, that I have a few blind spots. Areas in which I cannot trust my own discernment because my unconscious desire to avoid certain things is still far too powerful. The scale of my judgement is weighted and I am unaware of it.

At least now I’m not entirely unaware of the weighting, but I still have no sense of how the scale is skewed, so I cannot trust my own discernment in these circumstances. If I make a choice without consultation I am most likely to make a poor decision.

It is truly humbling.

But what strikes me here, is not so much that I have blind spots – I’ve been coming to terms with that for a while now. It seems to me that I’m always going to have these blind spots. These areas where I know I cannot trust my own discernment. And what I most need in this space is the small circle of people I trust to speak the truth.

This is why community is so important. I need people in my life who I can go to and say help me to see.

Let me be clear – the insight here is not ‘I need to work on my blind spots and my discernment.’ No! The insight is that I need to cultivate and foster the relationships which will help me navigate the spaces where I am blind or partially sighted.

7 thoughts on “Blind spots

  1. Mags, we all need to remember the importance of community. I have a very independent nature but, periodically, I’m reminded that life is not meant to be “conquered” alone but to be lived and enjoyed linked with others. Most of the time I remember but there are still times when I need to be reminded and it is humbling indeed. Thanks for this gentle reminder.

  2. I’m preparing to write a devotional on the moment Peter promises to follow Jesus forever and Jesus tells him to his face, in front of his friends, he’ll be denying the Lord before the sun comes up. Peter is sincere. He believes he is saying what is true. He is saying what his intention is. It is a great goal and Jesus doesn’t fault him for it. But Peter is wrong. Because Jesus loves him, he corrects him quickly, rather than protect his feelings. Jesus assures Peter he is praying for him and still intends to assign him to tasks of ministry. This is how Jesus graciously helps us when our blind spots hinder us. Like loving parents correct a child so he won’t hurt himself out of ignorance or distraction. The child (me!) may not appreciate it at the moment. But not recognizing when love is blocking my way is one of the blind spots I have.

  3. Mags, I believe you’ve just described the essence of what I understand ubuntu to be about. We are a social species, and we are biologically constituted to depend on one another. I believe that our survival as a species depends strongly on our capacity for relationship. As we become technologicall more advanced, with artificial intelligence becoming increasingly part of our lives, the elements that make us essentially human will be what anchors us.
    That we are to love God, and love our neighbour, these two pillars of Christianity, are what I believe are basic tennets for our humanity. In loving our neighbour, see the world more compassionately. And when we hit our own blindspots, that compassion is reciprocated.

    • Rhoda – thank you! I think for the first time I have a real sense of the power of ubuntu! Thank you for making this connection for me!

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