Altered States

Recently I took a trip part way across the United States. Through the four states that I traveled through the differences in the people and places were extraordinary. One was full of mountains, another flat farmland…and it occurred to me that we all see the world through different eyes. Reality is greatly affected by environment, economics, and climate. To lump us all together and say that everything affects us all the same way is a mistake.

Take for instance Love. Many of us believe Love is Love…period. But really don’t we all love differently? A husband may see qualities in his wife that he admires…and she different qualities in him. If the two sat down together to discuss their feelings each may be surprised to see that they both have separate reasons for being together. Same can be said for friends, relatives and siblings. After awhile we realize every one of us sees the world and the people in it in our own unique way. Have you ever stood next to someone and remarked how beautiful that color blue is, and they have said “No, it’s green.” Who’s right? Maybe both?
Have you ever taken a trip overseas, to Paris perhaps? If you’re from America you will start to note how differently the French pass their days from the way you live. For one thing, of course, the language is different…and they love to find humor in most situations. Different atmospheres, different vibrations, different dialects, different cultures, all influence how we see the world. The trap is not to allow yourself to believe that everybody else thinks, feels, sees, and lives the same way you do.

This being the time of the year when many people travel, it’s important for us all to be aware that in our towns and in our cities, many tourists may come to visit. Patience and courtesy should be extended to all. Even though some may be strangers, lifetime friendships may be forged. You never know, one day you may find yourself overseas looking for a friendly face to ask for directions.

Take the time to love,

Jennifer Avalon
© 1999 Jennifer Avalon

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