good life by steven allgaier
Part of cultivating a good life is keeping your goals and priorities in focus.
There is a word that you may not know unless you are an optometrist or a linguist. Emmetropia. It’s one of my favorite words because of what it represents. Emmetros (well-proportioned) + Opia (having to do with sight). It describes an eye with perfect vision. This occurs when the shape of the cornea and lens and the distance between these and the retina are all in harmony. If things are out of balance, then the result is myopia (distance blur), hyperopia (eyestrain or fatigue, especially at near), or astigmatism (distorted focus).
When I get caught up in daily tasks (short-sighted), it’s easy for me to lose sight of my purpose, my direction. If I spend too much time dreaming and planning (looking beyond the mark), I find that the daily strains of life become a burden and I am less likely to reach my potential. If I am not true to myself, my view of others becomes distorted and relationships suffer.
The goals we establish and work toward should reflect our priorities. Reading the other posts in this series, I have found several common themes. The “good life” has to do with faith, service, relationships, self-improvement, and reflection. The more we have these fundamental elements in harmony, the more likely we will truly be happy.
Just as an emmetropic eye is perfectly focused, when our life is well balanced we will have a clear vision of eternity.
Note from Becky
Steven is one of my brothers (I have 5 awesome brothers). We live 2,300 miles apart, but he remains one of my biggest influences. These thoughts on goals and priorities come from a genuine place in Steven’s heart. I appreciate his perspective and example. He is so very busy with his professional work and raising 5 kids with his fantastic wife Elinn – and yet I see them both carve out time for church service, community involvement, and physical exercise (I love that they run together regularly!). We all want better balance in life, and Steven puts that desire to work as he makes the effort required to cultivate an awesome life.