We all know how important it is to wear a mask to protect ourselves and others from the spread of COVID 19.

I lost the hearing in my right ear from the Proton Beam so I’ve been relying on lip reading to augment my hearing of what people are saying. Masks make this impossible but I have noticed there is a serendipitous benefit from wearing masks.

It’s the benefit of being able to see people’s eyes. I’ve always thought that your eyes are the window to your soul so I have been paying a lot more attention into looking at people eyes.

When I look into people’s eyes I silently find myself asking a variety of questions about their eyes and how they are looking at the world.

For example:

  • Are they looking with wonder and appreciation at all the beauty in the world?
  • Are they looking to inspire others?
  • Are they pondering when they will have enough courage to tell their untold stories of what those eyes have seen?
  • Are they looking for ways to cope and get by with all of the incredible challenges we are facing?
  • Are they aware of any micro biases they might have in their vision of others?
  • Are they grateful?
  • Are their eyes looking at ways to be courageous about how they can help in the BLM movement

I have so many more questions but I think this is enough to make my point. Right now I’m in Boston resuming my treatments and what I see is an incredible commitment to a city where almost everyone is wearing a mask. No wonder their CV19 infection and death rates are so low and under control!

So for today’s blog, how are you looking at things? What are your eyes saying?

Reflectively Yours,