The sun sets on another day…
Storms roll in and out like silent ninjas stealing the light. Moments pass and there are amazing shards of sun, followed by equally amazing shards of rain. It seems as though there is nothing in between right now, the shades of grey replaced by simple black and white.
I have been enjoying spending time with my son. He is an amazing young man, or perhaps now an amazing old man, or something in between. As I have sat talking to him this week I have found that his view of the world has been shifted by the world. That is to say he sees the world based on a very different world than the one I grew up in. Where I saw hundreds if not infinite shades of grey, he sees only a few and in many cases just black and white. A verifiable amount of positive or negative, with minimal outcomes outside his self defined parameters.
In the end, I am amazed as many things do fit his formula, but I worry that some are far more complex than just a few outcomes and those become far more difficult to narrow to a few choices.
So where is the world now? I find a lot of people see things in black and white now more than the variety of potential outcomes available. A lot of people see the world as this or that, and not a combination of the two. A lot of people set aside any opinion other than their own, a lot of people find themselves being judge, jury, and executioner, even if it is of themselves. Why? I am not sure.
Perhaps we need to see things from more than just our point of view. Maybe for a moment we need to realize we that every person has a variety of experiences, and we are maybe seeing just a slice of a little bit of one. Maybe, just maybe, we have to start admitting when we are right, and when we are wrong, and in the process, opening our mind the change. Maybe, It is a shade of gray. How do you feel? Is the world black or white? Are there only a few choices for each outcome? Are there a multitude of possible outcomes with everything we do? Only you know for sure how you feel.
So as the sun sets on another day, open your eyes, see the world. See it as it is. Look past what you know and take in everything you can, and in the process, enjoy every minute you can finding your way to black, white, or an amazing series of grays. Be that person who sees more, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy every shade you can.