I really want to share some #DonutFire stories with you! But first, I need you to be receptive of them. It’s important that you have an open sense of humor and are willing to see the fun in potential disaster.
Your perception is influenced by personal experience, education, culture, values, and other environmental factors. These conditions cause a predisposition in perspective, the way you accept, reject, or analyze situations.
My #DonutFire stories could have been disastrous. The circumstances might have really flipped my pissed-off switch. Left me griping and grumbling. But they didn’t. Instead, I chose to enjoy the experiences and happily consider them blog post fodder.
Perspective is a highly subjective thing.
When I was a kid, I ate TOO MUCH divinity at Christmas. I threw up. Trust me when I say it is not delicious the second time around. I have not eaten divinity since. Now, YOU may LOVE divinity and not understand how I could so willingly snub my nose at a plate full of homemade delight. More for you, I say! That’s my personal experience versus yours.
Many years ago some friends and I went to a concert in an intimate venue. The artist was recording the show for a live compilation of new releases. There were signs posted everywhere requesting quiet for the sensitive recording instruments. The small crowd was chatty and disruptive as the singer opened with his new material. The performer snapped at the audience with a FINE, NEVER MIND and proceeded to only play his older hits. I was irritated with the crowd–even the owner of the venue could be heard talking during the set. One of my friends was really put off by the way the artist behaved. Same show, different reactions.
One more story:
I was in a car accident when I was 18. I was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown to safety from the rolling vehicle. Seat belts were not the law yet. A member of the emergency crew told me that if I had been wearing a seat belt, I might have died because of how the roof was crushed. I do wear a seat belt now, but I think about this every time I latch it. Every time.
I wanted to show how personal experiences influence our point of view. It’s important to realize a different perspective doesn’t make one right and another wrong. I also hope to show that perspective is NOT carved in stone.
But most importantly, I wanted to give you a peek into my way of thinking, maybe influence you, open you up, prime your mind for a #DonutFire.
(Man, I hope I don’t disappoint!)