Since I just wrote about the diversity of bloggers in the last post, I'm delighted that Corinne Rodrigues at Everyday Gyaan asked me to write a guest post for her blog.
When I was a girl, I noticed that occasionally, I would disagree with someone about whether something was blue or green. It didn’t seem to be an issue with other colors, only those two. And in each instance, I was sure the color was blue and the other person was just as sure it was green.
My initial assessment of these arguments was that these other people had not learned their colors properly in kindergarten. I couldn’t believe that they identified as green what was so clearly blue.
Then one day another explanation appeared, first as a random thought flitting through my mind, but then taking hold of my imagination and expanding like a supernova.
Read the rest here at Everyday Gyaan.
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Sunday, July 8, 2012
Blue or Green?
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That surely was an interesting post Galen. And I loved our little conversation about it we had at Corinnes blog too. :)ReplyDelete
Was surely nice to see you around there. :)
Harleena, I'm enjoying the conversation, too. Thanks for commenting.Delete
First of all, I know that I'm a quote junkie, but I LOVE that quote by Anais Nin! SO SO SO true!!! And, for the record, I do think our online friends are "real" friends. I think that I define even my in person friendships differently than others might. Thanks, friend, for posting this. I really enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
Kim, I love quotes, too. Some of the comments have gotten me thinking about this more deeply, too. Thanks for your comment.Delete
Truly, an interesting post... Following your blog too now. :)ReplyDelete
Anshul, Thanks so much.Delete
Great post. Gets me really thinking.ReplyDelete
Bonnie, Some of the comments have gotten me thinking more, too. There are lots of perspectives on this issue. Thanks for commenting.Delete
Lovely post, Galen. It makes sense that things appear as we see them and it's important that we respect others' point of view.ReplyDelete
Respect seems to be the key, isn't it? And a willingness to open our minds to other possibilities. Thanks for your comment.Delete
I say turquoise, teal, sea-form. Blend the two and everyone will get along ;-)ReplyDelete
Debra, All my favorite colors! Thanks for your comment.Delete
Thank you so much for another wonderful post on my blog, Galen. I love the conversation your posts spark off. ♥ReplyDelete
Corinne, It is my honor and pleasure to guest post on your blog. I enjoy the conversations, too. Thank you for the invitation.Delete
A lovely post, Galen. It made me remember a 'discussion' with a friend some years ago about the colour a new house had been painted. To me, it was clearly terracotta, and I got a little tetchy when she insisted it was orange. Eventually I realised that it didn't matter, that we each saw it as we saw it.ReplyDelete
I like Debra's comment above :)
Alexia, Good to know I'm not the only one with this experience. Yes, I like Debra's comment, too. And yours!Delete
Nice article, Galen. You learned from an early age that successfully seeing new perspectives requires that we value being teachable more than we value the bogus self-satisfaction of defending old points of view.ReplyDelete
rob, Yes, I like that teachable concept, and I like the way you described it. Thanks for commenting (in both places).Delete
Thanks, Galen, for the reminder that what we see is often just one of many ways of perceiving. As to relationships, I think that simplistic as it may sound, they're what we make of them. Who we are and how we engage determines whether an online relationship flourishes and turns into something deep and whether a in-person relationship withers and dies. Whenever I find myself going into a rant about the impersonality of online media, I try to remember this.ReplyDelete
Clara, Good observations about online and in person relationships. "Who we are and how we engage...." What a good reminder that the relationship exists in our own hearts--not "out there." Thanks for commenting.Delete
It's always a matter of perception Galen. Sometimes we need to mput on a fresh set of spectacles and take a clearer look.ReplyDelete
be good to yourself
David, I know I need to change my glasses often! Thanks for your comment.Delete
I have similar thoughts about spicy food. I feel physically uncomfortable when I eat food that's "too many stars," so I don't eat it. My husband does. I suspect his palate sensations are different from mine.ReplyDelete
Linda, I have the same issue with my daughter who cooks food that is too spicy for me. She loves it that way! Thanks for your comment.Delete
Great lesson here, Galen. :) I'm learning that if I want to change any area of my life, then my perception of things is certainly a great place to start. Thanks for sharing your insights. :)ReplyDelete
Deone, Yes, starting with perception is a good thing--and maybe ending there, too! Thanks for commenting.Delete