Constantly, events are occurring in our environment and we notice some of them. We respond, even if only internally. And we assume that everyone else noticed what did and saw what we saw. But, this is not so.
Whenever something happens in our environment, our filtering system determines what we ultimately experience. Our filtering system is our genetics, experiences, values, norms, current emotional state, current physical state, etc. There are many factors that come into play that decide what we experience whenever something occurs in our environment.
Therefore, it is important to be aware that just because another person was in the same place as you when something happened, their experience of it may, and probably will be, different from yours. By knowing this, you are able to become an inquisitive person who is nonjudgmental because you know that their perceived reality is not yours.
Copyright 2011 Lynn Borenius Brown
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