Ordinary people: behind the scenes

Have you ever wondered about the simple man sitting dutifully by his vulcanizing machine? Or about the seemingly wayward lady putting up a carefree happy face selling paraga? Have you ever thought what might be waiting at home for the woman hurrying home from the market with her baby strapped to her back? Or even about that pretty lady, well-trimmed, well dressed, and well-spoken at your office who isn’t even dating? Have you ever imagined what a day as that dashing rich guy would be?

These are the lives of the seemingly ordinary people. The people we meet every day, passing by them and never knowing what goes on behind the scenes in their lives. They say no man is an island. Have you wondered how those other people, strangers, indirectly affect your life in ways you will never know?

Am I asking you to get to know everyone and invite them to dinner in your home? Of course not! But show a little love to someone every day. Give a little from your little. Spread joy anywhere you find yourself. Give hope everywhere you find helplessness and encourage the lowly. You might be taking away their situation behind the scenes but you sure are helping someone look at life in a brighter light.

It’s the season of love anyway so why not share love, just because.

I love you!
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Perception and Reality

Whenever I have a few quiet moments in bed on Saturday mornings before family jumps in, I find I have time to reflecting on life, experiences, and dreams and do some evaluations. I honestly can’t remember what got me to thinking about this but I ended up with perception and reality. Maybe it’s comparing the dreams I have to present status, wondering when it’ll happen for me. Then there is me and the world. I know my strengths, my weaknesses, my battles and the victories I have won but how does the world see me. If only people see me as I see myself in all my moments/moods, would their perception of me still be the same? What is reality? What is perception? Would it be right to assume the world’s perception of me to be the reality? After all, they see the package which is me from the reflection of what I put forward. Would that make their perception my reality?

Some schools of thought believe perception is reality. I think I beg to differ. Knowledge, intuition and senses vary. Based on these, the belief that perception is reality is fallacious. Perception may be the lens through which we view reality, ourselves, others and the world around us, yet that lens may often be muddled with what is being viewed through it. That is why while a color appears white to some, it may be undeniably blue to others. Reality, too, is relative to knowledge, intuition and senses. Perception and reality only have a complex relationship with each other. So while perception and reality may have some sort of similar characteristics, they are not one and the same.

I didn’t mean to sound too philosophical this morning but I guess what I am driving at is the beauty of the interlocking and interchanging of the two identities to add color to life.

I am grateful for the presence of both in my life.
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