The spectacles theory

I will superficially address an idea… Have you ever encountered yourself in a two sided discussion or happening where you are absolutely sure that you are right and the other side is absolutely sure they are right?

Sometimes there’s such a subtle line between being wrong and being right. We should all be born with a special dozen spectacles set for daily living.

In various occasions I have found myself rethinking situations… Wondering if I may have failed grasping the reality of it all; wondering if my point of view is failing to provide me a wider and clearer view of reality.

The spectacles I talk about don’t obey to diopters, they obey to the invisible human nature. As humans, we are inclined to set our perceptions as the only possible and true to exist. We get used to our own old ways of thinking, of doing, of observing, of behaving… the process starts when we are able to perceive our surroundings, and it’s molded -like glass in the fire- throughout the experiences life presents in our paths and according to our personalities.

Our own perception can fool us sometimes. Each person is an unique set of characteristics, all integrated in a world so complex and unknown for outsiders that it is utterly impossible to “get in someone else’s shoes”, no matter how hard we try.

Still, we can have a glimpse at the general panorama and have into consideration angles that wouldn’t originally be placed at first in our minds. We should give a chance to different points of view, and be able to change the variable needed graduation of our spectacles in order to be fair with ourselves and to others.



Life is like scrabble.

You play with the letter tiles that you get. A lot depends on chance, on luck… and the rest depends on the decisions you make, and how well equipped you are for making those decisions. The decisions other people make on the game (“Oh darn, I was going to use that S!”) would be like the uncertainties presented to us in the course of our existence.

Your approach in life is like the scrabble language of your choice… Have you ever tried playing scrabble in english, when what you have is a spanish oriented scrabble game? I have… and let me tell you, words come, but a time appears when you encounter yourself with a Ñ and you know there’s no hope for it. What I’m trying to reach with this is, well, sometimes we are approaching life in french, when the best choice would be approaching it in italian.

Sometimes all you need for using your whole set of letter tiles is an L, and you risk making a tile change… Some fortunate times, you get exactly an L, and other times, you just end up with another extra X. Yes fellow humans, things don’t always work out how we wish they did.

Some choices you make give you more benefit than others. It can happen that you miss chances in plain sight because you are completely absorbed thinking of the possibilities right there in the upper left corner.

You’ll have laughs while playing scrabble. You’ll have those who try to cheat. You’ll have those who will tell you “that is not a word” …and you can smugly prove them wrong.

Life is like scrabble, and as a game, we might as well enjoy playing it.