The difference between what I make up is real and what is real…is unknown to me.
I read something recently about people who have strong judgements about a certain topic and to make it short, in experiments they found that people will not remove “noise” that prevents them from hearing an argument against what they believe. They will remove noise and listen closely in order to hear an argument in agreement with what they believe. Although this is not exactly the same as making up reality, which I definitely identify with, I wonder how often I let “noise” keep me set in my made up reality, unable to know the difference. I suspect I do it all the time.
I do realize that I am making up my reality–not that I am omnipotent, but rather powerless to anything else–and yes, I think I am devoted to it since it is all I have. Ruiz says that everything I say, everything, is only about me. Makes me want to speak less. In the same way, my reality is all I live in. And then, really, it does not matter too much.
One of my favorite quotes is ‘change happens at the speed of thought’. It helps me remember that I have a choice about how I react. Everything gets filtered and tweaked by my own perspective/desire. Mostly I try to not make life harder than it needs to be and monitor how often I place obstacles in front of myself. Perhaps nothing is real since we all have a unique experience.
I am sitting here at work thinking about the countless hours I spend choosing the perfect pantone colors for each piece I design. They will never turn out as I have imagined them in the real world. It is the creative journey that I enjoy and I remind myself when the package of prototypes arrives to look with fresh eyes. Hanging on to what I wanted it to be usually inhibits the growth of what I have been given.
Reading that is like water for a thirsty man. thank you.
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