Posted by Todd Smith
Picture yourself in some sort of group setting-perhaps around the board meeting conference table, your living room with fellow charity event committee members or in your office with your co-workers diligently meeting a project deadline. No doubt issues will arise and problems will need to get solved. My guess is the way you perceive a certain situation may be entirely different than someone else’s perception.
People are Different
The reality is that we are all different. We come from different backgrounds, religions and nationalities. We have different life experiences, education, political leanings, personality type and family upbringing. These differences shape our perceptions and because no two people have the same experiences, we end up viewing the world differently.
Here’s an analogy to help you understand the concept. Do two people ever see the same rainbow? Answer: no. As the eyes of two people cannot occupy the same place in space at the same time, each person sees a different rainbow. The raindrops are constantly in motion so its appearance is always changing. Each time you see a rainbow, it is unique in its own magnificent way.
Embrace Our Differences
Just like the rainbow, each person is unique. And although our experiences will color our opinions of people different than ourselves, we should embrace those differences. Why?
Allowing for other people’s perspectives will enhance your listening skills, demonstrate your sincere interest in the other person and increase your comprehension. All of these skills are required to build long and meaningful relationships.
I’d like to think that after reading this lesson you would not only intellectually accept the idea that we are all different but also incorporate the premise into your daily interactions. Enrich your life by expanding your mind, valuing other people’s opinions and learning new ideas. Above all, appreciate the beauty of our differences.
Remember: (1) Perception is reality but everyone’s perception is different. (2) What may be logical to you may not be logical to others. (3) What may be important to you may not be important to others. (4) Don’t discount the opinions of others because they may be better than yours.
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