A few days ago, I tried to be clever.
When I work away from home, I usually put anything special in my bag the night before and routine stuff before I leave. Every once in a while I forget something in the morning rush.
That morning, just as I came from the bathroom, I saw both my husband’s and my reading glasses lying on the table, his a black metal skeleton with a brown chain, mine grey with a black chain; and neither of us could tell a dog from a cat looking through the other’s pair. I better take my glasses now, I thought, so I won’t pick up the wrong pair in the rush. I put my pair in its case and right away in my bag.
Shortly after I arrived at work, my husband phoned to wish me a fun day – with his reading glasses.
Lessons learned: 1. When trying to be clever, check again what I’m doing. 2. Only my own glasses let me see the world my way.
For lack of something better to do , I thought about how often we see the world through glasses which are not our own…
- …following shoulds and musts which others have created
- …not giving in to our intuition, but repeating “how we’ve always done it”
- …getting stuck with our obsolete beliefs about how things are or should be
- …defining our goals by comparison with what others do and are successful with
- …entering the wrong “competitions” with others
- …lazy thinking, that is not thinking for ourselves
…What are your examples, from your life, of looking through someone else’s glasses. Or in which cases has putting on your own glasses led to joy and success?