Positive Quote: “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” — Stephen Covey
This quote reminds me that everyone is different. If two people are exposed to the same conversation or the same interaction, both may walk away with two opposite perceptions. One of my early mentors once told me that perception was reality. At the time I had a hard time accepting that, it took me a bit to wrap my head around that. Even today, I have to step back when I receive feedback that is a surprise or unexpected and tell myself that something had to lead to the perception, be it miscommunication, misunderstanding, or something I cannot see. I have to realize that in order to change perceptions, I cannot go back in the past and rewind, and instead I have to move forward with purpose to be more aware when working to overcome those perceptions. I also have to accept that there will be times I cannot change someone’s perception if they have embraced it and are not open to change. It takes willingness on both sides to open the communication channels and see another person’s point of view.
As you can tell, this quote has me contemplative. We are all unique and if we can come together, there is strength.
Have a terrific Tuesday.