Blind Spot Monitoring system [ BSM] is a safety mechanism in my car that warns me of other vehicles in my blind spot. It alerts me with an LED light in the corresponding side view mirror. The main intent is to aid drivers with lane changes and prevent accidents. Honestly, this has helped me a few times; kudos to those who thought of this safety feature. So, what is blind spot? In driving, it refers to areas around your vehicle that you cannot see when looking in your mirrors. Hence, at a certain spot you may not see the car beside you in the next lane. We also have blind spots that relate to our behaviors. According to the APA Dictionary of Psychology a blind spot refers to ‘a lack of insight or awareness—often persistent—about a specific issue or area of one’s behavior or personality, typically because recognition of one’s true feelings and motives would be painful. ‘ In simple language I lack understanding because, most often, I don’t want to know or admit the truth about a certain issue or person. Facing the truth can often be too painful or uncomfortable.
Blind spots are commonly described as ‘things about ourselves that we don’t or can’t see’, but others might see. As in driving, they can be dangerous if they are continually ignored. Towards the end of 2022, someone pointed out something I had repeatedly tolerated in some in relationships in my life. This was a haha moment for me! I had to pause to do an introspective look and ask myself some hard questions. Left unaddressed, this was an accident waiting to happen. Many of us are blessed with a safety system in our lives comprised of some special people. These may be family, friends or frenemies who love us enough to speak truth whether or not we want to hear. They expose our blind spots. Facing the music is very often the first step in remedying some broken things in our lives. If you have this safety network in your life – be thankful today! I call these people the ‘unpaid watchmen of our soul’.
This might be a very good time to check out those blind spots we may have ignored over the past year. Ripping the bandage off can hurt, but is necessary for our mental, emotional and spiritual health. Scriptures speak about ‘truth in the inward parts’; the difficult truths. God has an amazing way of helping us along the way if we allow Him. He provides people and the truths in His word to help with the surgery. Join me on that journey this year. Lets take care of business – one blind spot at a time!
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.John 8:32