Thursday, October 8, 2015

Introspection

My Dear Son:


When you walk into any situation with your viewpoint, you walk into that with not only how you see the world, but how you think the world sees you. Both are subject to misrepresentation and misinterpretation.

You may think, for instance, that a friend is mad at you when he is simply having a bad day, and you just happened to come along. This would be projecting your idea that he is mad at you onto him, when in fact, he is feeling frustrated with how his day is going in general.

If this same person were to ignore you when you said “hi,” you might think to yourself, he's a senior. He doesn't want to have anything to do with a sophomore. Though your introspection about how he views you could be correct, there's also a chance your assessment may be wrong. You have just inferred or assumed that certain behavior results from certain thoughts, when in fact, this person's failure to respond could be something entirely different.

If while you live life you can, for the most part, sense, as for how you have conducted yourself, you remain at peace with most people you know and meet, this is a blessed state indeed. I think you will see as you go that some people live in more or less constant turmoil with the thoughts running between their ears, too often spilling over from problems with their relationships with others. More later!

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