Perception becomes reality


Content or contentment
Content or contentment

The older that I get the more I realise just how important it is to be specific in order to be understood.

Although English is spoken by a huge cross section of the world and is commonly accepted as the business language it is not necessarily the same thing being heard as being spoken.

It has long been said of America and Britain that we are two nations separated by the same language, but in our day we would need to widen that statement out even further. The many variations of nuance around the globe only become apparent with interaction.

For many months we were receiving calls from the Indian sub continent regarding the condition of our laptop. It soon became obvious that the English they had learned was not the same English that we spokehere in Scotland. To be fair, the English spoken in Scotland is different from almost everywhere else.

We also discovered in church that African English and Carribean English is not the same as UK English. I grossly misunderstood what a preacher was trying to get across because of his terminologies and phraseology. In the end I did actually agree with him in spite of apparent early differences.

We would be compelled to widen things further to generational differences as well. Language has always separated the generations, it is the reason that the dictionaries are adding new words year on year. Colloquialisms grow with usage and spread wider than ever before with Internet contact. Language is ever evolving anyway, pronunciations and spellings have changed immeasurably over the centuries.

During my time in sales training they constantly emphasised the importance of convincing our clients of the reality that we wanted them to believe. Creating a need is crucial to get your intended victim to the point that they accept your product as a viable option to replace their own inferior one.

“Perception is reality” was a commonplace phrase.

When I saw the picture above my brain put a completely different emphasis upon the word ‘content.’ Not for a second did it occur to me that the author of the article that carried this picture was focusing on the contents of the article.

Such has been my own journey of late that contentment is so high on my radar and focus that this was where the emphasis fell within me. Far from seeing this as a negative thing I was actually greatly encouraged to see that the thing which has eluded me for so long may actually be finding roots.

I am very slow to learn things, oftentimes it takes years to get to the point where things becomepart of me. That is the aim for me, that behavioural patterns will become second nature, that things like contentment will not just be a perception but an actual reality.




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