Seeing things differently


Each one of us has our own opinion, our own unique way of seeing things differently. This is normal. Yet how many times have we wondered why can’t others think the way I do? Have we asked ourselves why do we see things the way we do, or, why do we think of things differently from others?

Our views and opinions, responses and reactions to others, to what is happening around us, are usually colored with our own convictions, prejudices, environment, education and beliefs. Let’s take a quick look at how others may view things.

This is the situation: the airplane you are riding in is seriously malfunctioning, it has only one parachute, and there are two or three of you on the plane. If you are a:

Pessimist: you refuse the parachute because you will probably die on the jump anyway.

Optimist: you refuse the parachute because people have survived crashes just like this before.

Environmentalist: you refuse to use the parachute unless it is biodegradable.

Sales Executive: you conduct a bidding for the use of the parachute.

Procrastinator: you decide you won’t use the parachute until you can see the ground, and then probably you can jump without the ‘chute.

Family man: you have three small children and a loving wife at home so you grab the parachute and jump agad, no discussion!

Engineer: you interview the pilot and his assistant to find out the cause of the malfunction.

Professor: you take copious notes so you can include this experience in your next lecture.

Tax Analyst: you take inventory of everything on the plane including personal belongings.

Music Teacher: you sing uplifting and encouraging songs in a loud voice.

By now, you, dear reader, are probably criticizing the passengers’ reactions in terms of what you think you would do in a similar situation. Actually I believe this is also a good way to test how you would react and what things, beliefs, past happenings would color your judgment.

We all see things differently and this is why the next time we feel the urge to form judgments on certain people, it would be good to first look intently in the mirror and figure out why we’re seeing things the way we see them.

Francis Kong in one of his columns advises us to pray that God gives us the discernment and wisdom needed to study a particular situation and act according to what is true, right and fair. In other words, not according to our prejudices, convictions or beliefs.

Kong believes, as I do, that divine intervention is highly commendable in such a situation. And then of course, this is because He “sees” everything, doesn’t He?