Which Is Reality?

by Sherry Riter in Lessons of Life,Perception

Everyone sees and reacts to a situation, experience and person differently. As we age, our perception also changes. Which is reality?

I’ve had my VCR for many years and it has performed just perfectly. With the advent of DVD technology, my tapes moved to the back of the cabinet. Actually, my tapes fill the top and bottom of a very large book case, so rather than moving to the back, the doors simply have remained closed until a few days ago.

Alyssa and I remembered a VCR tape that we owned and decided to watch it. She slid it easily into the hole in the front of the machine. Unfortunately, that is when the situation became complicated because the machine decided to eat the tape instead of play it.

It would have been futile to get angry.. Alyssa spent the next hour completely disassembling the video recorder. She enjoyed the process and I spent the hour thinking about crafts items I could make using the pieces.

The complicated boards are organized and assembled precisely with all kinds of wires, metal, tubular pieces, soldered bits, printed text and plastic. All boards are very different from one another and perform completely different functions.

I see the boards as a crafting opportunity.

Alyssa saw the boards as a fun disassembling project.

My husband still believes the disassembled VCR as trash.

The reality is that all three of us are correct in our perception of the broken machine. This is precisely the reason that we should practice tolerance with one another.

At different times of our lives, we accept reality in different ways and that is what motivates our choices. No one is right all the time. Dating, marriage, divorce, death, sickness, birth, and thousands of other life events happen to each of us during our existence on the planet. The information, understanding and comfort we glean from one another can assist our journey through the years.

Although we flow through each perceptive attitude, we all have one basic personality and comfortable interpretation of everything around us.

Which perception do you feel is your basic reality?

Rose Colored Glasses
usually sees positive
in everything and everyone

rose colored glasses

Blurred Around The Edges
with one main focus

blurred on the edges

Black and White
where there is simply no gray area

black and white

Extremely Passionate

extremely passionate

Inverted and Completely Opposite
of the natural reality

inverted and completely opposite

Natural Reality

reality or is it?

Fascinating, isn’t it?

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bossy Betty May 7, 2010 at 3:54 am

You are so right about this! We do view all the events of our lives through our own lenses!


2 Debbie May 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Great concept! Wouldn't the world be a much better place if everyone would grasp and accept the differences?


3 Heidi May 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Ditto your other commenters. Well said. I am going to make up a game to work on my children with this concept, because I did not learn it until young adulthood.


4 moonduster August 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

Very true. And people really need to learn to be more tolerant of views tht may differ from their own.


5 MaryB September 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Great observation! I am a person who has a hard time seeing "other" ways to do things or perceive things. Nice reminder!


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