per·cep·tion /pərˈsepSHən/  noun: 

The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.
The state of being or process of becoming aware of something in such a way.
Synonyms: realization – understanding – comprehension

Since I sustained a concussion, the other weird thing I experience is that about once or twice a week, I see things differently…if something is concave, to me it appears convex.  For example, I have a popcorn ceiling, but to me it appears as if thousands of tiny holes were drilled into it.  On these occasions, I have to really concentrate on what part of an image needs to come to the foreground.  It’s not awful, but it throws off my perception for a bit. 

     I recently watched a movie about a high school student who gets a concussion and his vision is inverted–he sees everything upside down. Needless to say this creates a lot of stress in his life. He tries some glasses with a series of lenses that cause his inverted vision to be normal, but they are awkward, cumbersome and a bit ineffective (and not very attractive for a teenager). A friend invites him to church and during a prayer, after a message about faith, his vision is healed. 

     At times I become consumed with how long it is taking to feel completely well–how heavy and burdened I feel day after day. The other night I couldn’t fall asleep and was ruminating about my heavy burdens,  so, to keep my mind from running amuck I tried to memorize scripture and happened across this gem: Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 Hmmm. ‘light and momentary troubles’…my perception was that my troubles were heavy and unending. It can be good to see things in a new way.


  1. Hey, Lisa – don't know how I got away from your blog, but I'm back! What a journey you have had! Glad some things are being resolved and your testimony through all the trials is positive, with God's help.

    Having gone through a concussion a few years back, I know it does take a fair amount of time for things to get back to “normal”. Like 6 months or so – of course, at times, I didn't know if my impediments were the normal aging process or the concussion. You do have your younger age on your side.

    Enjoy your birthday month – you probably have a spring break, right? God's blessings to you!


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