Some Thoughts on Perception

I was walking through the supermarket yesterday, very sick and more tired than I’ve been in a long time. The store seemed cold and drab, and I wanted nothing more than to be at home in my warm bed, nestled comfortably between five or six pillows, sipping the soup I came here to buy. I was seeing everything in sort of a “gray scale,” and my head felt like it was fourteen feet around. I was in full blown zombie mode. To be honest, if my wife was not sick too, and asking for soup, I would’ve skipped this task altogether.

As I dragged myself through the store, I saw something that changed everything. A gallon of milk. At seeing the milk, I remembered that the kids had eaten a ton of cereal, and that we were out of this necessary liquid, so I grabbed a gallon, then some snacks, and it went on from there. Pretty soon I was on a mission.

Something happened between soup searching and full on grocery grabbing that was miraculous! I was not a sickly shopper anymore, I now taking pride, as a father. I was out there, sick and tired, but I was going to get what my family needed. When I got to the check out, and the cashier asked how I was doing, I realized that I was feeling pretty good! So what happened?

C.S. Lewis wrote, “

“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”

I trudged into the market a sick man with a task that had to be done, but I left a loving father on a mission. This morning as I reflected on the day past, something hit me right between the eyes. The importance of perception! It can be so easy to get caught up in the immediate pitfalls of our daily lives, but this outlook puts the big picture in a grayscale, and inhibits our ability to think forwardly.

I am so humbled and grateful for the small lessons that we find in the mundane. This seemingly pedestrian experience has done a great job to remind me of my own smallness in the face of the responsibilities of life. It helped me remember that by seeing the world in a different way, we can live in a different world.

Thank you for reading,

Jason Howland

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