Perception

 

Perception, perspective, angle of view, way of looking at, and many other different ways to say the same thing. This truly is one of my favorite areas of thought and I doubt I will even scratch the surface of all I could talk about it in this short little blog. However I suppose it's better to see the tip of the iceberg then to not see the iceberg at all J. When one thinks about perception, one of the first things that comes to mind is, “is the glass half full, or is the glass half empty?” This saying is beautiful and true, as no matter how grim something may appear, there is always a way of looking at it in a brighter light. Though it is sometimes extremely difficult to find the light switch when stumbling around in the dark. Perception and perspective are very similar, if not the same, as they are both a different way of looking at the same thing, or seeing the same thing from a different reference point. Though different perspectives can lead to different perceptions as looking at it from here as opposed to there can allow one to see something they missed. Perspective is existing all the time and is literally right in front of our nose. The very fact we have two eyes shows us 2 potential perspectives every time we see. Even though one eye tends to be the dominate eye, we still use both in order to get a wider range of scope. It really is amazing to think that there can be so many different ways to see and describe one event. That so many people, all seeing the same thing, can see it so differently. This can most easily be observed when thinking about art. One piece drawn may have a certain meaning intended, but this does not mean that all viewers will view it that way! Art is left for the perceiver to perceive and interpret how they will. The same goes for music, and the same goes for just about all of life. Marketing knows well the idea of perspective and uses it all the time in order to try and “help us” form our opinions about a product or idea. For example, if I were trying to sell an hour long lecture. I could say, “Well it's an hour long, so you'd have to make sure you have the time.” Or I could say, “Now it only lasts an hour, so you are going to want to make sure you don't miss any of it!!” Both are essentially saying the same thing, but one makes it seem like so much less dreadful a task, wouldn't you agree? Now let's bring this home and talk about something most of my readers will relate to The idea of growing older, or to be more precise, needing to get assisted living. There are so many ways to look at these events. One could see and focus on all the grim details of it and all they'd lose Or one could see it as a great opportunity, and think about all they'd gain. The experience will differ from person to person along with the difficulty of staying positive, but it is always doable. One could look at it as an opportunity to meet new people, or a way to stay entertained. One could look at it as an opportunity to not need to do anything anymore After all, that IS the point You have people there to take care of you J. So though freedom may be lost to an extent, just as much can be gained. Essentially, is the glass half full, or is the glass half empty?

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