Perceptions can be deceiving, even with the best of intentions. They are subject to our own beliefs and experiences as well as what we need to believe to support our mindset in that moment. And differences in these perceptions can become the basis of misunderstandings. Even two witnesses to the same event may describe the incident completely different. It isn't about being right or covering for someone in most cases, but rather just the way they processed it through whatever current understanding they had.
Sometimes we are not on the same page as our loved ones. Perhaps plans get miscommunicated or events get relayed in perception rather than fact. But when we step back and remember love, all can be reconciled. The same can be true for neighbors, strangers we bump into at the store, and long lost acquaintances. Love, patience, and understanding can erase these misunderstandings.
I'm grateful that our backup alarm is the Hero of Canton song. I'm grateful to get some sleep last night as Mother Nature watered the yard without the claps of thunder that have been so common lately. I'm grateful to wake beside my husband and know it is Friday. I'm grateful for a holiday weekend ahead. I'm grateful to recognize my own perceptions and how they may be skewed. I'm grateful to rebalance and try to find love in any misunderstandings so I can move forward.
What perceptions may be causing misunderstanding in your life? How do you re-evaluate or re-route to love in these situations?
May today bless us all with understanding and patience. May we find common ground even when we do not see eye to eye. And may we illuminate this world with love. Have a beautiful day and weekend!