Thursday, 25 April 2013
Through a lens
We all have a lens - a filter if you like - that we look at the world through.
Part of it will be our culture. It is very different being a Brit in Australia. Although we talk the same language, there are times when the way that language is used makes it feel very alien. I'll be following the conversation and all of a sudden a word is used completely out of the context I'm used to and I'm lost. (Manchester, anyone? Me - city in the north of England. Australians - bed linen)
Part of it will be personal experience. If you've been routinely rejected, it's hard to trust people. If you've been constantly criticised, any innocent comment may be taken the wrong way.
Knowing what your lens is like is the first step to giving it a good clean and seeing things as they really are.