Sweet Tennessee!

Sweet Tennessee!

October 12, 2012

It's All In Perception..


It's raining out there!  It's been raining all day.  First day of rain in ages.  That's not a complaint; i love the rain.  Today.  But if we have no sunshine until Thanksgiving, i'll begin to dislike it a little.  The leaves are just starting to turn in places.  It's odd, because some of the trees in our neighborhood have completely changed into their brightly colored autumn outfits.  However, two streets over, they've only changed a little.  Like on those days in early fall when we don't know how to dress to go out in the morning.  A short sleeved blouse because it'll warm up later on.  A turtleneck sweater to stave off morning chill, but definitely a cotton one.. not a wool one?  Because the wool will be too hot as the day wears on.  Maybe a light jacket because it might rain?  You know what i mean.  Anyway, the rain has been restful and relaxing this afternoon and evening.  I feel cozy with S and our four kitties.  I love the sound of rain on our roof.  Yes, there are times when i like pouring rain, and times when i enjoy it not-so-much.  I had this quote on mind off and on today...

     'There is no truth.  There is only perception.' ---  Gustave Flaubert

I find i agree with that statement most of the time.  So many things are subjective, and often, one person's truth is not the same as another's.  It's true with fine art, with music, with writings, and especially i've noticed in the last few months; it's true in politics.  Now this is not a political post.  I've said i won't write posts like that here on bloggie anymore.  :)  I'll not advocate for one side or one party, or one candidate over another.  I was just thinking how different our political beliefs are.  And we vote for one candidate and not another for such a variety of reasons.  There's endless analysis over who won a certain debate.. when.. really.. these things are subjective.  I want to think my candidate won.  But lately, there's so much animosity in the political world, i've had to detach myself.  And though i don't understand the views of  'the other side', i respect others' right to have views that differ from mine.  It's all in perception.  Oh i still roll my eyes and shake my head and think to myself, how can a person THINK that way?  He/she must not know the facts.  Or the truth.  But what is the truth, truly?  lol.  So i've let it all go.  I'll vote for whom i choose, then it'll be over.  And even if 'my' candidate loses, the truth is, the world will be fine.  Well maybe not fine.  But it won't be any worse just because my side lost.  See what i mean?  My perception of the glass is that it's half full.  Not half empty.  I love classical music because it speaks to me.  Others love classic rock and roll because it strikes a particular chord in them.  I would rather watch National Geographic Channel than Dancing with the Stars.  It's all good.  I'd rather watch Antiques Roadshow, and a couple of friends of mine would rather watch Hawaii 5-O.  Or Hawaii 5-0?  I'm not sure.  lol again.  That's what i mean by perception.  And it's one of the things that makes our world such a fun, fascinating place.  I mean if we all agreed, and had the same perceptions of all things all the time, how absolutely deadly dull would that be?

So it's movie time for S and me this Friday night.  It'll be a Hitchcock, but we haven't made a certain choice yet.  We'll see.  Our perceptions of which one we want are different!  :)  How about that? And speaking of how we perceive things...


What do you perceive Tennessee is thinking in this photo?  He seems to be scowling at me.  Hmm...

Goodnight now.. i'll be back soon.  M

10 comments:

  1. just making a quick stopover to wish you a happy Sunday!

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  2. Someimes I think my Meeps has more sense than I do! :) I love your furry friend.
    V

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    1. Oh i know that my four felines have far more logic/sense than i have most of the time! Our kitties are astute and very observant. What finely tuned senses they have! :)

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  3. I don't know if it's just me, but I have to catch this box right quick to comment :)

    Anyway, I appreciate your thoughts on perception. It's so true and our perception is based so much on what we've experienced. I remember someone once telling me since I enjoy photography, that you can teach mechanics, but you can't teach perception.

    As far as Tennessee is concerned, I wonder if he would react with "Did I have a scowl on my face?" "I didn't think I was scowling.. :) "I was just thinking hard."

    Julie & Tom

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    1. I think you're right, Julie. I think he was thinking really hard about jumping right up into my lap for some pats and loves! And i've noticed with Tennessee in particular, that he isn't necessarily angry when he puts his ears back a little like in the pic. I think he thinks he's more aerodynamic that way! lol. His ears go back as he prepares to jump!

      And i enjoy photography also. I have to say i'm much more perceptive in this life than i'm mechanically inclined. Human perception is such an excellent quality, and if we pay attention we can learn lots! Hope you're having a good weekend!

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  4. Tennessee know as do I that we are all unique in every single way with every iota of our beings. Kitties included.

    I have definite political thoughts none of which will go into my blog, my mom's blogs (she has 2) or the Admira's blog or the three Twitter accounts. Not FB either. No use expounding my thoughts as they don't count except as 1 in the viting booth. We will never ever change anyone whose mind is made up. My mom's included.

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    1. Exactly Katie! :) Our uniqueness is one of the things that makes our world go round.. along with love of course. And you're right about the politics too. It doesn't belong on a blog. Well, unless it's a 'politics blog'. And this one definitely is NOT. No, we can't change anyone's mind, and i for one, don't want to try!

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  5. sorry for the typos. Voting booth and Admiral are the ones I just noticed. Sigh. :-(

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    1. Oh no problem. I make typos quite often. In fact, i just had to retype 'typos' because i misspelled it. :) They're very easy to make, Katie. No worries here!

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