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Excepting Perceptions…

In Just Because..., Think About It, writing on June 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm

What do you hate?

What do you fear?

If that’s what you’re looking for, chances are that’s what you’ll see.

What do you love?

What do you admire?

Seek these things in others, and you’ll find it in yourself.


Platitudes?  Yes.

That doesn’t stop them from being true.  (In point of fact, the truth of the proposition would seem to contribute to the likelihood of that proposition’s being a platitude to begin with.)

Many of the things we are taught from childhood onward could be considered platitudes, clichés, or “old folk wisdom”… their familiarity makes them easy to remember, and hard to forget.

But when, as you grow, you learn something that contradicts one of these ingrained messages, it takes a while to replace the older pattern with the new.  Some people, it seems, never replace the old patterns… and they become more and more out of sync with those who do.  These holdouts don’t seem to experience any cognitive dissonance between what they believe and their perception of the way the world is.

This is, it seems to me, a shame… these people waste a learning experience that way, because they won’t – or can’t – adjust their view of the world.  You can’t live someone else’s life for them, though… much as we’d want to, sometimes, to make it easier for them.

Personally, I still struggle to keep old habits of speech and thought from interfering with who I am, and who I need to be.

It’s not easy.  It never was.

Nothing good, it seems, ever is.

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