An elderly man was sitting in his garden when his two grandsons came to sit with him. Their faces showed that they were both obviously angry about something. The old man could not help but ask, “What is the matter, children? Have you two been fighting over something?”
His grandson explained, “Grandpa, we were playing outside on the street when I saw a large six that someone had drawn on the ground with chalk. I told my brother but he does not believe me! He keeps saying it’s a nine!”
The other grandson cut his brother off and said, “Grandpa, my brother probably does not know how to count because it is CLEARLY a nine! He misread the number and then when I tried to correct him, he called me a liar! ”
“YOU are the one who cannot read because it’s really a six!” cried the other boy.
Before the argument can become too heated, the old man intervened, “Alright, I think there is only one way to know for sure. I will come with you two and then I can tell you if it’s a six or a nine. How about that?”
Both of the boys agreed immediately. They led the way and took their grandfather to the place where the marking was made on the ground with chalk.
Upon seeing the mark, the old man understood the problem at once. He smiled at his grandsons and said, “My dear boys, both of you are correct! Depending on where you stand, it can be a six as well as a nine! If you stand to the right, you will see a nine but if you observe this mark from the left side then it is a six!”
The little boys were still marveling at what they had just learned when their sister came along and said, “Look grandpa! Someone has drawn the alphabet ‘g’ on the ground!”
The old man and the boys couldn’t help but laugh!
“My dear children, today you have learned an important lesson. Just because you are right, does not mean everyone else is wrong! You should always try to look at life from all sides because sometimes, there can be more than one truths.” said the old man as they all walked back home.
The moral of the story is clear.
There are many incidences in life where all differing viewpoints are correct. Your six could actually be another person’s nine. So we should always stay open to new perceptions and ideas.
The key is to try to understand the viewpoint of others because even if it makes no sense to you, it probably seems right to them! Always keep in mind that to be right does not mean that the opposing view is definitely wrong.
A Selection of Perception Quotes
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ~ Oscar Wilde
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe
“The more I see, the less I know for sure.” ~ John Lennon
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung
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