Monday, May 23, 2016

Respond Much?

Here's a thought: every interaction with another human is 95% neutral and only 5% intentionally geared to a specific response.  Let me say that again: 95% is neutral.  So what's up with everyone getting offended and having to be politically correct then?  Because we filter.  We filter through our experiences, our personality, our beliefs.  That's not a bad thing, but we need to add in a dose of perspective...as in the other guy's.

My daughter is growing exponentially in her artistic skills.  It's really cool to watch because she is most frequently working with a medium that I don't ever use: watercolors.  It's not that I don't like them, I just have not learned to enjoy that type of paint like I have others.  (Check out one of her pictures below!  I'm so excited to share it with you!!)  This morning she was working on a new picture called "Firework" while the rest of us were sipping coffee and eating toast at the same table. Someone made a comment about something in the picture (ie. "I like that color you're using there."), and she reacted...

"He said it was awful!"

Now I completely understand that my daughter is a fantastical, age 11 pre-teen queen, but the point remains the same: the feedback was completely neutral, but her perception and response was one of offense because she filtered it through the angle of being an incredibly sensitive, 11-year-old girl with a perfectionist attitude about her art.  What would happen if she (and the rest of us with her) took a step back and realized that the rest of the world is not out to get us, or offend us?  Wait for it...we might just get along a little bit better.

 UL Caribbean Blue


Make it a beautiful day, friends.

Here's is my sweetness' fabulous picture.  I believe she titled it "Raindrop." When I commented on the girl in the raindrop, she corrected me.  The girl is not in the raindrop.  You are looking through the raindrop at the girl.  It's all about perspective.



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