Even though it is my natural state to assign meaning to everything that I see, hear, or even experience, I don't understand how those things actually work. What if my definition of meaning is different than what the creator of that object meant for it to be? What if something was actually different than how I had defined it?
I think this happens on a very regular basis. I think that people do things, or say things, or even create things that other people assign the wrong meaning to. One of the exercises that I do with team-building is to have a group of people draw a picture with lots of details, but no labels for anything in the picture. I then rotate the pictures from one group to the next, until everyone has a new picture. I then have the new group, without talking to the artist group, label and give meaning to everything in the picture. I then take them up and rotate them again. The final group is to present the drawing that they didn't create, with the labels that they didn't assign, as the perfect picture that the group should choose.
When I was a kid, I remember assigning meaning to events that happened in my life. I didn't really realize that I was doing that at the time, but it was exactly what I had done. Later in life, after having children of my own, some of the "negative" events from my childhood had to be reexamined. The time I was not allowed to leave the house to play with a friend because my parents simply wanted me around went from being defined as a negative experience to being seen as loving, with them desiring my presence.
Try to go throughout today and NOT give meaning to the things that are around you. Try to experience the understand that, like me, you really don't get it. I don't get the physics of how certain atoms stick together to form a table. I don't get the mystery of how my body converts oxygen and food and water into the nutrients that I need to survive. I don't get how the earth keeps spinning and orbiting the sun and how the moon orbits the earth and how everything is measured in perfect balance. But... I don't have to understand it all. I simply have to understand that there is incredible wonder in existence and it goes beyond the self. I find joy in the wonder. I find peace in not having to know it all. All things are one thing! We are all connected! Live a life of joy!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.