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Our Five Senses

March 20, 2019

We go about our daily lives not giving much thought to our ability to see, hear, taste, smell and touch. We simply take these five senses for granted. If you have all five senses intact you should take some time to realize how fortunate you are.

In some cases, one or more of these senses may not function as they should. Someone missing any of these senses may be a result of a health problem, accident or even a person entering this world without the missing senses. In today's world, people often adapt to a loss of any of the senses.

A few weeks back I noticed a pair of shoes hanging from a telephone line, several feet off the ground. The truth is, it was not the first time I noticed the shoes. In fact, over the years, I have probably passed by them dozens of times. Sometimes I glanced up and wondered to myself, "How long the shoes will hang there? How did the shoes come to be in this odd location?" But each time after I passed, I forgot about them until the next time.

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Pictured are four items that are in plain view around our community. In a couple of weeks, Chuck Clegg will reveal the locations of each item in the picture. In the meantime, use your senses to try to discover the locations!

With this in mind, I began to wonder how many things each of us pass by each day and take little notice of. We each depend on our five senses to keep us apprised of our surroundings. Yet, even if I passed by the shoes many times, I only took notice of them rarely.

Think about this question. Have you ever driven somewhere, and when you reached your location, you really can't remember the trip? I drove to the plant most every day for 37 years. I sometimes felt like I was on autopilot. The route I drove to work had become so routine, I guess I just held on to the steering wheel, and my truck took me to my parking place at the plant. And yes, I parked in almost the same location every day. On those occasions, when I went to work late I had to park elsewhere in the lot. That evening, when I came out I would walk to where I always parked and look for my truck. To my surprise it was not there. Then, I remembered I parked elsewhere. All my senses were active, but yet it took me a few minutes to figure where I had parked.

Take a few minutes to think about how your senses make a difference in life. The taste of your morning coffee gives you that early pick up to get you going. The feel of the air temperature on your face lets you decide if you need to wear a coat. You pass by a kid mowing lawn, and your nose reminds you of your own grass that needs trimming. On your radio, your ears can hear a rainy forecast for tomorrow. Last but not least, your eyes give you your view of the world around you.

As I thought about this story, I asked myself which of my five senses I would give up if I had to. Before I tell you which one I chose, I decided I would ask others which of their five senses would they give up if they had too.

Several of those I asked responded, the sense of smell. After they made their decision, I would point out that the sense of smell and taste are kind of tied together. If you have ever had a cold, and your nose was stuffed up, you probably noticed things did not have any taste. Smell and taste interact with each other to the point you can't do away with one and not lose the other. After pointing this out, people often changed their minds. In fact, they gave considerable thought to their next choice. As a result of not wanting to lose two senses, most decided on the sense of touch to give up. I pointed out that meant they could not feel hot or cold. They could not feel the touch of a loved one. After thinking about the loss of human touch, many changed to their final answer, hearing. By now, people had given more thought to their five senses than they had in a long time. Most who finally chose hearing reasoned they could read lips or learn to sign. They figured they could adapt to the loss of hearing easier than any of their other senses.

After the discussion concluded, I gave them one more challenge. You may have noticed, no one I spoke with wanted to give up their sight. So I challenged them with this offer. If I were to give you $1 million, for your eyes, would you give up your sight? People responded with an absolute no. I raised the offer up to $2 million. Still, the answer was no. Everyone was definite in their decision.

Even though my questions and my dollar offer were only fictitious, people would not, under any circumstance, give up their sight. Even for a fabricated million dollars. In the end, hearing was the sense people most often chose to give up. What amazed me is that, out of the nearly two dozen people I asked this question, only one would not entertain the possibility of the loss.

If you are wondering what sense I chose to give up hearing. Mary will tell you I already have switched over to selective hearing.

I have included with this story a picture that contains four items that are in plain view around our community: (1) A cast of a feather, (2) Wildcat football player, and (3) commemorative monument. Two are on Main Street. One is on North Street. And, (4), the shoes I spoke of are just outside the city limits. These items have been around for a long time. Maybe you, too, have seen each of these items. In a couple of weeks, I will reveal the locations of each item in the picture. So, reset your five senses, and maybe you'll discover these items hidden in plain view as you take a closer look Through the Lens.



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