“What future pulls you to it?”
Happy New Year everyone!
In point of fact, we are pattern recognition machines. All we do is recognize for patterns. Here’s an example. The only reason you can read these words is because your eyes notice where the pattern of black (of each letter) begins and ends and where the pattern of white, your screen or paper begins and ends. It is at the boundaries of these patterns that experience exists. Were it not for our ability to notice for and recognize the beginning and ending of patterns, all of existence would be one field of white noise, (or black noise since there would be no distinction) and then actually there would be no awareness or more importantly, no knowing-ness of existence at all (and by that I mean self-reflection.)
So now that I’ve sufficiently convinced you that we are pattern recognition creatures, and we are very good at it, with all our senses, and our very survival and even existence depends on that ability, what patterns are you going to recognize as the new year unfolds?
Because patterns don’t just exist in what we see or hear, they also show up in the type of world view we construct in our minds and in our consciousness. And unless one is “in the moment” and therefore, takes the world as it “shows up” moment by moment, each of us creates and sustains a world view that allows us to navigate through life on a daily basis. By necessity we use our detected patterns to notice for what to include in our world view and what to not to include.
What patterns will you therefore notice in the world, going forward? What future will pull you into time going forward? What is it you expect the world to become the next moment, and the next?
Of course two major patterns that many people sort and filter for, and they go by various names, are: “good” versus “bad”; or “problem versus opportunity”; or “glass half empty versus glass half full”. Most people don’t realize that which pattern one takes into the brain, which pattern we actually go looking for… is a choice. And even the choices of what patterns we sort for and filter for, can themselves, be patterns that have developed over years. We can however, become aware of those “choice patterns”, and by being aware of our own patterns, choose something different.
Many people are very unaware that they consistently look for the things in the world to support their concept that their “glass is half empty”. It doesn’t matter to them that the person next to them may think that the “same glass” is half full. For them it’s half empty and they can identify all the things in the world to support that position. They look for and sort for the data and patterns that support the glass being half empty.
On the other hand, there are those who look at the world and sort for and locate patterns that support the position that the glass is half full. In most cases, it’s the “same world” that the “glass half empty” person lives in. The only difference is what each person notices.
You’ve heard the saying “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”. It’s the same thing. But being an engineer, I’m not willing to accept a flippant phrase. I want to understand how it “works”. (That’s one of my patterns.) My pattern is to look for supporting data. And the supporting data to the flippant phrase is this: The reason “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right” is a true statement is because we human beings perform certain functions as we take data through our senses and into our conscious and unconscious minds. We “distort”, “delete”, and “generalize” the incoming information. Therefore, if we have a tendency to look for evidence that the glass is half empty we will actually delete and distort and generalize the positive information we see, hear, and experience so that our ultimate experience supports a half-empty glass.
Conversely, if we have a tendency to look for evidence that the glass is half full we will actually delete and distort and generalize the negative information we see, hear, and experience so that our ultimate experience supports a half-full glass.
We always get what we want!… not necessarily what we ask for.
What will you be creating in 2009? More opportunity… around every corner? What opportunities will you take advantage of? What positive efforts will you make? Where will you look for help, a leg up, a supportive word? Who will you give a hand too? Will you walk so the wind is at your back? What future pulls you to it? What will you choose…. since we make it all up anyway….