Recently I’ve come up against conflicting opinions regarding the relationship between reality and perception. The funny thing is up until a few months ago, I’d never ever stopped to consider the possibilities, but then a coworker commented that 97% of reality is perception. It intrigued me and I thought a bit about it – but not that much!
Then this past Saturday I stopped for some take-out food and as the owner went back to the kitchen to bag my order I noticed a piece of paper put up next to the swinging door, proclaiming that perception is not reality. I wanted to ask him what it meant but by the time he came back, I had forgotten. Oh, well.
This all fit in with a blog idea I’ve been tossing about for a while, even taking notes for, but never managing to get around to putting it into words. This is kind of funny because it’s all about words, and mis-perceptions that have brought a smile to my face when I realize I’ve read something too fast, or listened with half an ear and a quarter of a brain.
While listening to a food show on PBS, I heard
- “Use a nice dirty baking potato.”
- Everyone else heard ” a nice sturdy baking potato.”
On another PBS show, this one on travel, I heard the host lament
- the hunting of “an endangered wino”.
- Everyone else heard “endangered rhino.”
I guess I watch a lot of PBS shows. This time it was a gardening show. I heard
- “Let the seeds urinate.
- Everyone else was told to “Let the seeds germinate.
On a health and beauty segment of the news about weight loss. I heard
- surgery is often necessary to tighten up blue skin
- Other listeners hear it was loose skin that needed tightening up
And last but not least, on a health and beauty show, I was reminded how important it was to my health
- to get lots of wedgies
- A whole different reality than getting lots of veggies.
If you think I don’t listen well, wait until I tell you what I’ve read. But that will have to wait for another time, another place. For now, so long, it’s been real!