We can get pretty attached to what we perceive as reality, even when presented with evidence to the contrary. I view the world this way because it is this way. To a great extent, that worldview will determine what I’m capable of seeing, and as a result, how I show up and behave in my life.
Say, for example, that I’m really intent on having apples, and I walk through life with my hands open for apples. Many times I’m going to get oranges or bananas from life instead (you know how that works, right?) and I’m so disappointed that I don’t have apples that I can’t really see what’s wonderful about figs. Pomegranates. Blueberries.
When I was a troop leader I always wished for the world’s best co-leader. I’d try to recruit my friends. I wanted someone who would see the world the same way that I saw it. Well, you can guess the end of that story. I got star fruit and kiwis, but no apples.
So here is the lesson. When we can get away from our worldview for a few minutes, we might empty ourselves long enough for new ideas, new perceptions, or new possibilities to enter our minds. If my world is divided into two categories: “apple” and “not apple,” then I miss so much.
Why not look for small, frequent opportunities to empty your mind and be open for something new? It might be right there in front of you- something that is equally real and valuable that you just never considered before. Marcel Proust, a French novelist in the late 1800s said it like this:
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Have you ever experienced “new eyes?” We’d love to hear the story.