The whole and its parts

The whole & its parts

Events are neutral

“Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say, the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society — things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly.”

E.B. White’s Timeless Letter to Someone Who Lost Faith

An experience that repeats itself quite regularly, is that something I don’t like when it happens changes into something I’m appreciative of.

An experience that might be routine to most too, is that something they like can be something others dislike or are simply not interested in. And yet, it often may still be an astonishing event.

Perception is everything.

But perception depends on many things. It can depend on one’s mood, experience, context, knowledge, awareness, etc.

Perception comes and goes.

It isn’t easy to accept that perception occurs in the moment and changes over time. It contrasts with the desire for certainty that led to having an interpretation of the event. It would be nice to be able to trust one’s perception, but once one accepts that events as such are neutral, there is no need to be right about one’s interpretation anymore.

It becomes possible to be curious about the event and its meaning over time. It becomes possible to let go of one’s interpretation and take the situation in as it is. And it becomes easier to adapt to the situation and continue working towards one’s objective.

It’s just information that had not been there previously.


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