The most precious gifts in our lives, and consequently the things we happen to take for granted the most, are our senses: our vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell – the building blocks of how we perceive and understand our world.
I discovered two short and amazing videos that illustrate just how special our senses really are.
The first video is of a 29 year old deaf woman hearing her voice for the first time, and the second video is of an 8 year old baby hearing his mother’s voice for the first time.
They are both really short, so just take 2 minutes right now and watch them. At the bottom of this article, I’m also going to share a quick meditation you can do to really appreciate the importance of each of the senses you have.
29 Year Old Deaf Woman Hears Her Voice for The First Time
8 Month Old Deaf Baby’s Reaction to Cochlear Implant Being Activated
The reactions in both videos are similar. Upon each person’s experience of hearing for the first time, they are filled with astonishment and elation.
The woman is so overwhelmed by the experience that she cries in joy, while the baby quickly turns his head, drops his jaw, and then excitedly smiles at his mother.
Our senses are so common to us everyday that it becomes easy to taken them for granted, but we can tell by watching videos like this that these senses make a world of difference.
Imagine if you had just one sense to perceive the world
Choose one sense. Now imagine how your life would be different if you only had that one sense to perceive everything in the world and nothing else:
- How would your perception of the world be different?
- How would you need to think and act differently to adapt to your surroundings?
- What kind of things would you no longer be able to experience?
- What would it be like if your one sense became super heightened?
Take a moment to imagine what it would be like with just one of your senses. Ask yourself these questions and ponder them.
After you’re done, try out another sense. What would it be like now if you just had vision, or hearing, or touch, or taste, or smell?
It seems obvious that our senses are so important to us, but that’s exactly why it’s so important that we take the time to reflect on them and appreciate them. Often the most obvious things in life are the things we are most likely to take for granted.
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