Friday, February 27, 2015
The Dress that Broke the Internet!
Really... Amazing that this dress is everywhere. Not only on every social media feed but national news shows spent a considerable amount of time discussing this picture -
What is so amazing to me is NOT that people see different colors when looking at the same picture (for those of you who have avoided all media today, some people see blue/black and others see white/gold in this picture) but that it has become such a news priority that EVERYONE is talking about it.
Basically the phenomenon has something to do with reflected light, ratios, cones, blah blah blah. I don't really get it, but a lot of smart people seem to so that is good enough for me.
What I find fascinating is how no matter which way we see this dress we seem to be CERTAIN we are seeing it RIGHT. The idea that two different people could look at the same thing, picture or event and see something different seems to have shocked the nation.
WHY IS THIS NEWS?
Examples of when one person sees something differently than the next person happens all the time. Remember those computer generated images of the 1980s that when you stared at them long enough and unfocused your eyes an entirely new picture showed up? That's what this reminds me of. We seem to be fascinated with the fact that if we see or think something to be true that someone else does not.
We all have our own values and ideas which act like lenses for which we see things through every day. Since we all have different interpretations of events we can look at the same event or person and see it completely differently. Take a simple example: My son. In my eyes he is a sweet and loving and beautiful boy. I'm his mom, thats my perspective. My daughter on the other hand looks at my son and often sees a manipulative, sneaky, stinky little boy. Who's right?
Every mom out there knows it depends on who you ask and what day it is...
Just because we think something it does not make it a fact. Yet when we think we know something to be a fact and someone else tells us differently we have trouble accepting it to be true. Hence the reason this silly dress controversy became top story on the morning news.
JUST BECAUSE WE THINK SOMETHING IT DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE!
Do you think things like, "He's a snob" or "I'm a loser" or "I am ugly, fat, stupid". Do you label yourself or others because of a thought that pops in your head?
Do you believe that thought to be a fact or just a thought? When you buy into every negative thought as if it is true and there is no other way to see it, you may find yourself defeated, depressed, stressed, or anxious. What if you were able to ask yourself if there was possibly another way to see the situation? Could that white/gold dress be blue/black?
Allow yourself to recognize that your brain sees something one way and someone else's sees it another way - and that is OK. Thinking something does not make it TRUE.
So when you find yourself stuck with negative thoughts about situations, other people or yourself, think of this silly dress and recognize that a thought is just a thought and no matter how certain you think you are about something, someone else will be just as certain the opposite is true. Take a step back and look at the big picture and ask yourself if there is another way to see the situation. A way that looks at the positive, the beauty or the learning that can come of any experience.
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