Friday, August 13, 2010

Exactly Where is the Truth?

I like truth.  Truth is simple.  This is a house, this is a car, this is a chair.  All statements of fact, and thus truth.

The problem comes in when there is no fact, only perception. Things like, we are happy, everything is fine, and we are doing great, are only as true as the perception of the one speaking.

We all have different perspectives.  We see situations through the eyes of our past experiences.  The older we are, the more experiences we have and the deeper (or more rigid) our perspectives may be.

When we perceive a situation to be one way, in our minds those thoughts become fact.  The person next to us may have a different perception, and thus a different set of facts.

No one is wrong, just different.

When it comes to preparation we all have different perceptions of what is needed and how much to prepare.  I wish I could tell you there is a clear line, but the line is in a different place for everyone.

So where exactly is the truth?  It is somewhere between your perception and that of the guy down the street.  It is there, only enhanced by your life experience.  As you can imagine, many wars have been fought, arguments had and frustrations demonstrated because "truth" didn't match up between neighbors.

Today is your chance to look at things with a new perspective and appreciate other people's truths.  You might be amazed by what you find.

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