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Watching Basketball While Blind

Last Sunday, on June 5, Diane and I, Jerry, attended a basketball game together… at home in our living room!

It was a Finals game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

We were excited to be part of the crowd in spirit and cheer on the Warriors. Because of my blindness, I couldn’t actually watch the details of the basketball game, but we decided ahead of time that Diane would be my personal broadcaster, relaying the general action and sharing with me the important details.

Thanks to Diane’s running commentary, I was able to follow who had the ball, who was passing to whom and even the players who scored for their teams! It was a very exciting experience for both of us. I felt like I was seeing everything through my own eyes, and it was wonderful to feel the energy of the teams and the fans cheering them on.

Diane’s voice became more animated as the evening progressed. It was easy to follow when people were scoring and which team was ahead. The way she described the game, both teams’ experience and athleticism played out more like ballet than a sports game.

It was an amazing experience for me as a blind person, being an active part of the audience and witnessing for myself every minute of play.

A core component of Attitudinal Healing is the belief that we have the power to let go of any limitations and not see ourselves as handicapped in any way. My recent experience cheering on the Warriors in the Finals made clear to me that nothing is impossible. There I was, participating as if I could see and being part of the excitement of every moment of the game! Being blind was in no way a detriment and I felt empowered to be part of the evening.

Have you ever experienced a special event in a different way, or using different senses? We would love to hear your story.

Love and Peace,

Jerry and Diane

 

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