Interpreting one way or another, discuss ..

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I start the week with a different type of post compared to the last few.

Over the weekend I’ve been thinking about how we each see things. It sometimes depends on if what we see is of personal interest.  It also depends on our state of mind.

For example, my husband is an avid football fan.  He screams and shouts at matches on tv.  He jumps up out of his chair with distress or happiness at decisions and goals. If I am in the same room, all I see is 22 men running up and down with a ball – to me it could be the same 22 men from the last match, and the match before, etc.

I love to craft, knit especially.  I admire yarns, patterns, textures, have always a project to hand.  To my husband, a non-knitter, they look practically the same.  In fact I can sit and knit right next to him and he won’t recognise that during one evening one project in my hand has been switched for another.  It’s just me sitting knitting.

On Saturday, we drove past a local church and I read their noticeboard out loud.  I am not a religious person at all and I hope I offend no-one by talking about this here. It said ‘Friend Request’ ‘Jesus’, with an icon as if it was a popular social media site.  It made me chuckle and comment that this particular church is always trying to attract members, perhaps this time from the younger generation. My husband thought totally the opposite.  He said it was alienating younger people, being sarcastic that if they were on a social media site they wouldn’t consider the church as it was old fashioned.  There followed a good discussion between us, one with no conclusion, but it did make me think we may sometimes see things a lot differently.

This is more than ‘Men are from Mars/Women are from Venus’ (John Gray, 1992). We’ve been together a long time and I think we read each other pretty well.

I also read In the Moment Magazine, a fairly new publication to me. This was an issue from October last year, passed to me by a friend who thought I would love it – and I do!  There is a lot of mindfulness discussion within this magazine, suggesting we take time to enjoy life rather than miss it.  In a hectic world I think so many people run fast and don’t see the important things let alone the less important.  I read a couple of articles to my lovely husband.  At first he was dismissive, saying it looked like a lot of ‘happy, clappy rubbish’, then he agreed some things I was saying actually made sense.  He does have a very busy work life, perhaps there isn’t a good work/life balance at the moment and it needs to change.

http://www.calmmoment.com/magazines/in-the-moment/

I took a hint from that magazine, contacted a friend who I hadn’t seen for several years (social media contact does not give the same satisfaction as face to face, quote!).  Today we meet up for the first time in ages.

That’s me for today. Have a good one!

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Interpreting one way or another, discuss ..

    sewchet said:
    January 22, 2018 at 9:55 am

    This all sounds so familiar! Men and women see the same things very differently sometimes, but when it comes to football and crafting our house is very much like yours!

      tinaor responded:
      January 22, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      I wonder how many households around the world are the same!

    yarnandpencil said:
    January 22, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Interesting. I think similarly to you 🌹🌻🌼❤🐤

      tinaor responded:
      January 22, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Interesting, it might be a female/male divide !

    Fred the Needle said:
    January 22, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    There are a lot of magazines out – relating to calming down or mindfulness. I love the magazine you mentioned it is a very positive message. I loved simple things when it came out, it was so refreshing in its outlook among the other magazines that were about fashion and gossip. I see it as a positive sign that we are turning away from our commercial lives to seek out really living.

    Different perspectives are always an opportunity to learn, I have to bring people together in my work life, and it is surprisingly difficult sometimes. Seeing things, as you do in your post, as an opportunity to learn rather than right or wrong creates harmony as it incorporates opposing perspectives. After all, isn’t perspective the gift we get from having eyes that see from a slightly different angle?

    Great post, thanks!

      tinaor responded:
      January 22, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you. I too loved The Simple Things magazine when it came out – it was exactly that, ‘Simple Things’ to appreciate. When I discovered In the Moment it so reminded me of that same magazine! How fab to ‘meet’ another fan! Your positive comments encourage me to continue on the right track.

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