Sunday, January 05, 2020

Perception is only reality when we allow it to be

Mirrors help small spaces breathe. 

Often used in restaurants and hotels, they help create the illusion that a room is larger than it really is. 

It’s the oldest trick in the decorating book. Especially if for those who live and work in tight quarters. Visual manipulation is the easiest way to fool the human eye. From a hospitality and real estate standpoint, one or two large mirrors can go a long way. 

Who doesn’t love thinking they have more square feet, height and light than they paid for? 

But perception is only reality when we allow it to be. 

Think about the last time you walked into a restaurant, took a glance around the room and marveled to yourself, wow, this place is slammed, only to notice your own reflection staring back at you in the mirror. 

Woops. Guess there is no other group of people on the other side of the buffet. There is no dimensionality there. It’s just a play of light. It’s quite a jarring and illuminating moment for the human psyche. 

Davinci studied this principle with his perpetual motion machine, calling it the inevitable loss of momentum in a system when it rubs against reality. 

It sounds daunting, but it’s ultimately a healthy thing. When you experience this transition from seeing a whole world of objects, people, events and concepts, back to yourself as the sole center of it all, you start to relax your model of reality. Because you now know that so much of what you thought was the world was just a reflection. 

It was a story you told yourself about the way things were, or the way you wanted things to be. And then you got mugged by reality. 

Give thanks for these moments. Anytime you are lurched through the curtain of reality, you come out on the other side a more conscious person. And that is the essence of what it means to be human. 

Keen wrote in his apology for wonder that reality is a gift, a delight and a surprise, an excessive superabundant cafeteria of delight. 

Dinner is served and so it begins. 

LET ME ASK YA THIS...
How much of your reality are you allowing to be perception?
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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  
scott@hellomynameisscott.com
www.nametagscott.com

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