Perception

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. When we turn our eyes to the sky, it is in most cases merely to see whether it is likely to rain. In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.” ~John Lubbock …

How marvelous it is that each of us should see life in such a completely unique way. It affords us the ability to splash our own authentic perspective and fingerprint on the world around us, painting it with intricate and differing hues. We should therefore embrace our differing views of the world around us as part of the beautiful canvas of life.

It is important to mention, however, that because we each see people and things differently we must always try to keep a certain level of awareness of how we perceive them, and the labels we place upon them. For as soon as we begin to place labels on things, they lose their own uniqueness. When I see an elderly individual, my tendency is to see an “old person.” But my label does no justice to the soul that lies within their body. They possess their own unique dreams, joys, sorrows, and fears; who am I to write them off so easily as simply an “old person?”

Do not be blind to the true beauty that lies within all things–seeing things from a limited perspective or changing things to fit your purposes. Instead, look for authenticity in life–in the things that bring to you joy and happiness–so that you may find it from without… and see it flourish within.

Take some time today to get to know others better.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy to see things through our own filters and views?

Why do we tend to place labels on people and things?

How can you go about discovering people and things in a much deeper way?

For further thought:

“It is a form of violence, to not see a being for who he or she really is. You think, “Oh, that’s my son.” But the lens, “my son,” completely obliterates the multi-dimensions of that being. Maybe you only see your disappointments in that child, or your aspirations for that child, but that’s not the child.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

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