Recently, I’ve been contemplating the concept of perception.

It started with a parent request for a conference.  Turns out her child thought I hated him.

The issue that existed here was that I very much disliked this student’s behavior.  So, every time I had to deal with the distraction he caused in class, he thought I hated him.  When in truth he just wasn’t meeting my expectation of behavior.

Perception. 

What do you do with perception?  You have to validate that the other person has the perception.  And though you may not have meant for someone to feel the way he does, you can’t change the fact that he does. 

This crazy world we live in is peopled.  Each person has had his own experiences and therefore filters them through those experiences.  Guess what this equals. 

Perception. 

A lot of it.

Sometimes we’re going to be right.  Sometimes we’re going to be wrong.

Either way, we got there honestly.

 

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