Tunnel VisionDoctors will tell you the tunnel vision is a very bad thing, that there are many physical disturbances that manifest into tunnel vision: glaucoma, blood loss, hypoxia, to name a few. And the list certainly goes on.

Metaphorically, tunnel vision isn’t all that great, either. Walking around in life not seeing the forest for the trees is not ideal. But in times of great distress, like dealing with an illness or going through a divorce, tunnel vision can be a blessing.

You look ahead, your peripheral vision gone, and all the distractions lying in wait at the outskirts of your sight have vanished. They’re still there, of course, but without your having to plan ahead to deal with them and stress today about what’s coming tomorrow, when usually, none of those worrisome things come to pass. In times of great struggle, dealing with today is all you really need to do.

Darkness is all around, blotting out everything, yet the tunnel allows you to see only a pinpoint of light ahead. That dot of light becomes your focus, your only focus, and all you need to do is reach it. You can go as fast or as slow as you want. All you have to do is move. You will get there.

There are times when I’ve walked these tunnels in life, and the light ahead is sometimes only in my mind it’s that far away. But I know that what’s behind me is worse than the silly tunnel.

I don’t just know that the pinpoint of light is ahead; I know exactly what it looks like. I know what’s there, and I know that here is only one letter away.

Keep approaching.

for M.P.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. To learn more about her current writing projects, or for ways to donate toward their completion, see JodyBrown.com/writing.