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Sometimes, two people look at the same thing at the same time and come up with two totally different opinions about what they see. How is that possible? It is possible because we all have a different perception of things.
Once we find out our sighting is different from others, that normally is where the trouble begins. By trouble, I mean we forget to agree to disagree.
Some of the worst arguments I have had were over things I and another person see differently. And the crazy thing about it is we are both saying the same thing in our own personal language. Now when I sit back and think about it, it is really crazy. To me, that is a true test of either intelligence or foolishness.
It is just like sitting back on a somewhat cloudy day and watching cloud formations. Sometimes I can make out dinosaurs, fairies, tigers and on a few occasions, angels. Then I question someone else and ask them what they see and the images are different. Are they wrong and I’m right? The answer is no. Again, it is all a matter of perception.
Perception has a whole lot to do with how we see things. To some, black is slightly gray, and white sometimes has a creamy cast. But who is right and who is wrong? I think that is how seeing becomes distorted by perception. How is it the naked eye can see things so differently, when we are looking at the same thing or the same set of circumstances?
I think it has a lot do with our upbringing, our social status and our education levels. If we have not been exposed to people or things different than what we are used to, then our sightings always will remain inside our safe box of how we have always seen things.
My vision for the future is to open my eyes wider so I can see beyond the horizon. Just because I see something one way and another person sees that same thing a different way, both of us can be right.
Shonna Sheckles lives in Bardstown and works in Elizabethtown. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.