This post marks the beginning of an exciting new journey together, should you feel compelled to join me! I love playing with words. I like to take my time when exploring language to figure out which combination of words brings the most clarity to my thoughts. This, however, can be a daunting task because ALL OF US assign our own meaning to words and phrases based on our own personal experiences.
It is as Anais Nin pointed out, “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
But, I LOVE the challenge this predicament presents – in writing, speaking, nonverbal communication, dancing, etc. – when relating to and interacting with other people.
So what does this tell us?
Well, I believe that herein lies the secret to connecting with one another on a very powerful level because it brings about UNDERSTANDING. If the above phrase is true, then we should realize that the meaning we assign to what someone said to us could be entirely different than what they intended.
We should not be quick to take offense.
And, the meaning we ourselves assign to particular words or phrases at one point in time will likely shift or take on new meaning for us at another moment in time. Therefore, we would hope that others would be understanding of our journey, of our transformations.
Because of this, we should not be quick to judge others.
And just as I write these words, I can’t help but smile at the thought of reading this post a year down the road and having any number of reactions to it:
1. Cringing at the actual sentence structure / grammar
2. Laughing at how it seems like I had it all figured out (…and by “it all” I mean life)
3. Thinking that this post comes across kind of arrogant and “all-knowing”
Ha! That said, I DON’T PROFESS TO KNOW ANYTHING. I am searching. Transforming. I explore that which resonates with me in the present moment and make adjustments as I go. …Who doesn’t love a good mystery?
I look forward to sharing with you and hearing about your journey, too.