The psychologists explain to us that we selectively perceive that which we choose to focus on. When we focus on things, we take them out of context. We focus on one version of our experience and exclude all the others. Why do we focus on some aspects of experience and not others?
As Unitarian Universalists we covenant together to affirm and promote the respect for the interdependent web but most of the time we are focusing on the trees and not the forest.
Today, we are asked to take 3 - 5 minutes twice during the day to just examine our perception of the external world and our internal world, and as we focus on one aspect say to ourselves, “I have invented the world I see.” Is the glass half full or half empty. Is the object of our focus good or bad, a blessing or a curse, a small thing or large thing? It’s up to us to answer our own questions because the interpretations and the meaning we make we invent to fit our preference.