20/20: The Ultimate Optical Illusion
~ By Fran Briggs
Hindsight is 20/20.
We've been conditioned to reflect upon the repercussions of a
catastrophic life experience and lament, "If I only would have...
Hindsight, is 20/20." Most of us are aware that 20/20 is an acuity
index used to express normal vision. That means, if you have 20/20
vision, from 20 feet away, you see what most people can see from 20
feet away. But, the results we receive after we read the letters on
the Snellen Eye Chart only measure what we saw from 20 feet away, at
the time of the examination. Likewise, a real time, life experience
can only measure what we saw, during the time of the life
When we step back and separate ourselves from a life experience, we
engage in what's known as, "hindsight." Hindsight is the process of
deriving meaning from what we have seen or experienced. It's an
examination of the "lesson learned." Hindsight allows us to reflect
and clearly see our past, then connect it to our "now." When we fuse
these two pictures together, we gain optimal focus and extraordinary
clarity. We can start from the beginning, middle or end. From here,
we can go fast or slow; up or down, forward or backwards. We can
even pause or use a high power lens to zoom in and inspect.
Hindsight rocks! It lets us see clearly even from the great distance
of years! That's not "normal" vision; therefore, hindsight couldn't
possibly be 20/20.
You may be wondering, "Well, if hindsight isn't 20/20, then, what is
it?" In truth, hindsight is at least 40/20. Remember, 20/20 vision
is recognized as "normal vision." From 20 feet away, you see what
most people see from 20 feet away. Hindsight is closer to 40/20,
which is exceptional vision. This means that from 40 feet away, you
see what the rest of us can only see from 20 feet away. 40/20
hindsight vision indicates that when you step back from a life
experience, your perception is amazingly sharper and loaded with
much more detail to learn and grow from the life lesson. It was
impossible to do this when you were closer and actually living the
experience in real time.
It's hard to imagine anything more important than learning from
life's lessons. And, as you can see, it's so unsophisticated, it's
misunderstood. My hope is that with the insight contained in
"Hindsight is 20/20: The Ultimate Optical Illusion," you're actually
looking forward to your next examination.
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