Take this test. Grab something to write on and a pen. Look around you.
Notice everything that is blue: the sky, the calm scene of water in a print on the wall, a shade of blue on a bedspread, the cool reflection in a mirror across the room, a blue dress of an actress on the TV, the dark spine of a book. Spend a few minutes really taking in everything blue around you. Commit it to your memory.
Close your eyes and think about the blue objects you just noted.
Can you picture all of the blue objects?
Now, without looking around again, write down everything around you that’s orange.
Don’t look up. Can you do it?
Chances are, after concentrating on your environment through your “blue” filter, your memory of all the orange things surrounding you is sparse. This is how most of us see the world–through our own filter, crafted through personal experiences, lessons and memories. Our individual point of view helps make us unique and shapes our purpose in life.
But think about how much we miss if we only ever look through our own lens. It’s valuable to remember that there are many ways to look at everything, and it’s not just one way that has to be valid.