Well, maybe a few truths exist … but our truths are often far less true than we believe them to be.
THE FIRST LESSON: TRUTH IS RARE, PERCEPTION IS PREVALENT …
Much of what we assume is true is really our personal perception of what we are dealing with, based on our unique blend of background, experience, culture, attitudes, ideals, and beliefs. No two people look at or experience something in the same way.
For example: Never assume that because you experienced and overcame poverty at one point in your life that you fully understand what experiencing poverty is for another and that what worked for you will work for them.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”
Harper Lee (favorite one-trick author)
THE SECOND LESSON: GETTING OUT OF OUR SKIN REQUIRES GETTING INTO ANOTHER’S …
If you seek to understand, collaborate, work with, and help another, you have to do so by shifting your perspective to match theirs.
For example, someone annoys you as they interrupt your work or train of thought to ask a question or seek a favor. Stifle the annoyance, which may be completely justified as an emotion, and think about what brought this person to this place and this need.
This may require that you actually talk to the person, either before or at the point of the event, to know them fully.
Obi-Wan: “Your father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.”
THE THIRD LESSON: MORE THAN ONE POINT OF VIEW EXISTS FOR ALMOST EVERYTHING …
I always find value from spending time with Jedi Masters …
Sometimes we need to consider that our interactions really reflect the perspectives of all involved, which collide, interact, and sometimes fuse with each other to create … well, not “The Truth“, but hopefully a fuller understanding of the complexity of the topic.
When we fully recognize that our interactions are more perception than truth, we may just find them becoming more fruitful.
Thus ends the lesson for today … class dismissed:)
Thinking about revisiting the original trilogy tonight in the Heartland ….