A blog I have recently started to follow is doing a Five Minute Friday exercise in conjunction with www.thegypsymama.com. The purpose is to just write from the heart for 5 straight minutes on the topic “see”, no editing, no revisions, straight onto the paper and into print. I’m always up for a challenge, and I love the premise. So, here goes…
I just helped my daughters best friend write a college paper on the topic of perception. I have watched my daughters perception of things for a few years now and started to realize that even in my own life, my perception of things is not always correct.
Ok, need to focus here and write about seeing, not perception!
However, what we see is our perception.
When I see someone making a face in my direction, I see someone who does not like me.
When I see someone in nice clothes, I see someone better than me.
When I see someone sad, I see someone who needs my help.
What I see may not be true.
Someone looking my way, making a face, may not even know I am alive. They may not even be looking my way. They may be deep in thought. They may have just received bad news on the phone. They may have just broken a nail.
Someone in nice clothes may be wearing the only thing they own.
Someone who looks sad may be things on their mind that I cannot fathom, things with which I cannot assist. They may be fully capable of helping themself.
I often remind myself that the cries for help from my children are opportunities for them to grown and fin for themselves. I often see them as small children, when they are in fact adults.
Times up. Thank you for reading what’s on my heart.