- On August 18, 2015
Hot August days at the beach always bring to mind one of my favorite images for looking at reality: a Beach Ball.
A beach ball has many different colored stripes: red, blue, green, white, yellow, orange. Which stripe are you on right now? Does the whole ball look that color, or are you just not looking at the other stripes?
We’ve probably all had this experience…
You run into your favorite coffee shop in a rush. Traffic is already bad and you might be late for work. There are two people ahead of you.
It is taking FOR-EV-ER for the first person to place their order. The cashier has a bored look. Ugh! This is insane. Now there are three more people behind you.
You tap your foot, cross your arms over your chest. Clench your jaw. You try to distract yourself by checking your phone 2, 3, 4 times. Not helping.
You are seeing red right now. Why are these slow people in your way, today of all days? Don’t they know you have places to be? Come On People!
Why isn’t everyone on my wavelength (red). That is what’s real here…Or is it?
What if reality is like a beach ball? Made up of many colors.
Getting back to our coffee shop…
Maybe that first person in line has a speaking disability and is trying their best to articulate their order.
And the cashier–he’s not bored–he is concentrating on interpreting every word. Or he’s just worked the night shift and this is his second job that puts him just over the top to make ends meet for him and his family. And he is tired and trying to hold it together for a few more hours.
Can you consider that there is a green and orange stripe–and white, yellow, and blue–to this ‘coffee shop reality’?
If reality is really a multi-colored beach ball…How does that change how you react to your experience?