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What A Blind Man Sees

I’ve been told that I see the world differently than most.

At the age of 16 when I attempted to receive my driver’s licensed, I was asked to take a vision test. I was asked by the woman behind the desk, “what letters do you see?” to which I replied “what letters?” My eyes could only view a white blur within the viewfinder.

After several doctor visits; it was determined that I had a rare eye disease called keratoconus, a misshaping of my cornea which prevented my clarity of vision. The only solution, I was told, is gas permeable (hard contact) lenses. These lenses did provide vision for me to obtain a license to drive; however, after a few months the lenses scratched and scarred the cornea of both eyes, and I was then unable to use them without immense amounts of pain.

The next solution, I was told, is a cornea transplant, which I had performed on my left eye. The surgery was successful; however, my vision has only slightly since improved. I still cannot recognize faces until within 2 or 3 feet, reading signs is nearly impossible, and I reading menus usually means a conversation with worker behind the counter instructing me on their selection.

For many my visual capacity (or incapacity) would be viewed as a great impediment to my life and abilities. When I inform people of my visual ability, the most common response is something like “oh I’m so sorry.” To which I ask them not to be, as I am not defected in anyway. I simply informed so they may not think me rude if I do not say hello in public because I did not see them.

But there are a great many things which I do see, perhaps in greater clarity due to my lack of physical visual ability. A streetlight at night, has light which is refracted into a multitude of patterns and shapes, and it’s quite lovely. Many things are an adventure to me.

I believe that where I am restricted, my vision has also liberated me into seeing and learning in ways most never use. I’ve made many friends by saying hello to a stranger, thinking they were someone I knew, which then initiated conversation. I’ve learned to travel by foot, bus, air, and train, relying on asking others questions about places to get from place to place. I utilize my memory of places and people to know what is happening, and there are a vast array of other senses which I believe have been activated in order for me to adapt to my surroundings.

I am quite thankful for the way I see, and wouldn’t ask for anything more. It is my hope to do things in life which most would say is impossible. I want to walk as much of the earth as possible within my lifetime, “seeing” as many sites, and meeting as many people as possible. More than that, I want to prove that money is not the requirement to travel, but simply truly having the will to do it, then do it, without letting any thought or excuse stop you.

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Photo Gallery from Two Month West Coast Walk

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Sleeping on Sunset Blvd.

CBS Studios Hollywood v1Last night, I chose to sleep on the sidewalk on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California.

There are homeless people sleeping on the streets literally about every 10 – 15 feet. Why? It would be easy for those who haven’t experienced it to say they are lazy or they should all get jobs at McDonalds, but many hold that viewpoint because they’ve never experienced homelessness and lack compassion in their hearts – and the lack of compassion in our society is the true source of homelessness.

When we see a problem, why is it for many of us our initial response is to find who to blame? Let’s put aside that as it adds nothing to the solution. Let’s put on compassion, open our heart, open our home, open our wallet, and start making a difference in someone who is worth just as much as anyone else. See beyond the appearance. Love, – D.R>

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The Ol’ Hippy and the Hol’ Spirit in the Woods of Oregon

I approached my campsite in Florence, Oregon and met a man in his 70′s with long, dazzling white hair, who was reading a book. He introduced himself as “Sky” and we began to get to know each other a bit.

Sky had traveled around the world 4 times, most often without any money. He was a street musician from the 60′s era who would go from place to place playing guitar on the streets to earn his food money for the day. I spent three days of time with this person and all he spoke of was the love and freedom of God. He presented truth in an incredibly simple and non-judgmental manner that was truly refreshing. He spoke of the Holy Spirit and the limitless possibilities of what He is capable. We shared stories of what we’ve seen God do in our lives and the lives of others, shared meals, and shared revelation we’ve both received. It was an incredible three days in Florence.

There was also a homeless man there. I say “also” because Sky wasn’t homeless, his home was the earth. It was interesting viewing these two different people, in seemingly similar living circumstances. Sky had no doubt that everything he needed was always provided for by God, and he spoke with confidence in the truth. The other man was bitter towards the world and spoke of the struggles and difficulties of being homeless. I am in now way meaning that being homeless on the streets cannot be a difficult way to live, but the interesting dynamic was that Sky greatly enjoyed life, while the other man was struggling through life.

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What Happens in the Unknown? Hiking Oregon.

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Over the past few years I’ve taken many trips “into the unknown.” What I mean is, I’ve started a journey, traveling from place to place without destination, without much money, and without knowledge of how I would survive.

I always remember the first step, which is often that hardest to take. Each time I take that step, fully realizing I have just crossed over from everything I knew, into everything I did not know. This step then begins a battle between excitement and fear, and though fear may appear more prevalent at times, excitement and sureness have always won.

It’s incredible what God can do when we step into the world of the unknown. A world where He is completely our total reliance. I remember walking along highway 101 in northern Oregon one evening, the sun was moments away from giving way to darkness. I had about $8 to my name and it looked I would be walking another 6 or 7 hours until approaching the next town of Astoria. Right at the time a truck pulled over and asked if I’d like a ride into Astoria – perfect timing.

I arrived in Astoria at about 9pm, still without a clue as to how or where I would sleep. When someone from Astoria has told me about a place that was “a step below a hostel and a step above a homeless shelter.” It sounded perfect to me. They gave me directions and I pursued to find the establishment where I might sleep for the evening. When I found the building I spoke with some gentleman outside who said I’d found the place, but I’d have to speak to the house manager about staying for the night. Luckily they said, he was there, finishing up a Bible study. I walked through the front door, made my introduction, and secured a couch for the nigh, before heading to Portland in the morning.

That is just one story, from the many cases on my two month long Explroation of the west coast, this past summer, where nothing seemed to be coming to my aid, in a time of seemingly distress. Yet I never felt incredibly stressed. There were moments of fear, but they were brief. I continuously practiced the thought in my head that “I’m doing great!” I wasn’t hungry, I had water, I had clothing, and if need be I would find somewhere to sleep at some point.

Why should I fear the world around me?

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Night One: LAX

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Night One:
This past summer I spent two months on the west coast of the USA. I traveled those two months from Los Angeles to the northern Oregon border and back to LA, on a journey that would see many new relationships found, precious moments shared, and an adventure of a lifetime. Luckily for me, adventures of a lifetime are one thing of which I am a wealthy man. I flew to LA from my hometown of Oklahoma City with a one-way plane ticket I managed to land for only $85. The extent of my plan being to land in LA at around 11:15, find a bench in the airport to close my eyes through the dark of night, and begin my journey of the west coast at sunrise. That first night saw no sleep. I layed beneath some chairs in the corner of an airdock waiting room; nearby where some kids apparently in high school were conversing about the three songs which continuously repeated over the airport speakers. Where were they going? Why were these “kids” in an airport at 2 in the morning? These questions would go unanswered. I checked the sunrise time for LA that morning and decided I would go outside about 30 minutes before liftoff! My first steps outside of the airport brought me in front of a bench occupied by two security guards, lending their heroine protection to the airport guests. What painstaking work it must be to secure an airport at 4am with 4 guests who inhabit an airport at that time. I’m curious if cigarettes are provided to give security guards enough activity at that time? Anyways; I gave a moment to thought of my direction on which to embark… North.

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