Friday, July 9, 2010

So You Think You Can Judge

Sometimes you think you know what you're looking at, but maybe, just maybe, you're wrong.  As you saw from the video above, a different "point of view" resulted in a totally different image.  This happens in everyday situations, too.  We see things happen and make snap judgments based on what we've learned in the past, or on what's been drummed into us by our families, friends, teachers, the media, etc.  

Say, for instance, you see a young man driving a gleaming, expensive car down the street.  You think, "Hmph!  Must be some rich spoiled brat. I hate guys like that! Damn it, wish I was born into a rich family, then I can cruise all day, too!"  Well guess what--no, he didn't steal the car--he's actually delivering a car he worked all day on detailing.  Oops! Kind of changes the picture, huh?

We've all made those misjudgments, but finally somewhere along your journey of life, you'll have that epiphany that maybe you have to take a little time to consider other perspectives before making a call. Yes, it does make decisions and judgments a little more difficult, but it also shows maturity and wisdom. It can also cut down on stress because you'll tend to be more understanding towards others. 

Seeing things in black and white can be harsh...being able to see the shades of gray in between softens the picture--and life--a great deal.