There was a day last week when I felt under a deaf sentence!
No, that’s not a typo, I am deaf.
It was news coverage of a report in the Lancet that darkened my day – research has shown that hearing loss tops the list of factors that can lead to dementia.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that this isn’t inevitable.
It’s not so much deafness that can contribute to dementia, but the isolation
and depression that deafness can result in. These are ‘modifiable’ factors,
and if a person can find a way through and forward, there’s a case for optimism!
Of course, it’s not only deaf people who may experience isolation and depression.
For a wide variety of reasons, many people will experience poor mental health in one form or another, at some point in their life.
From my experience, focusing on the little things that can be changed in life rather than the big things that can’t, and having the courage to spot the difference, is the way forward.
Truth is, it was a mixed blessing when my audiology results catapulted me into the ‘severely deaf’ category.
It confirmed a degenerative condition, yet opened up the possibility of an Assistance Dog, and I’m now on the waiting list for a Hearing Dog which will transform my life in so many ways.
In the meantime, I need to live in the present moment.
As a believer, I have the sense that God longs for us to let go of re-living the past or pre-living the future. It’s the choices we make today, that shape life for us, and those around us.
The essentials of happiness have been identified as
“Something to do, something to love, and something to hope for”
This dates from the 18th century, so it’s stood the test of time.
To me, it suggests that a meaningful life is a purposeful life. It all comes down to choices, and whether we are open to life in all its fullness, even with limitations!
Truth is… ‘I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness’ John 10:10