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The Perfectly Good Squirrel

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

I've been thinking about how we see ourselves, how others see us and how sometimes the way we view ourselves can hold us back from living a perfectly good enough life. Note I didn't say 'perfect life' but 'perfectly good enough'.

I remembered a Special Ed lecture I once attended, which was explaining how some students perceive life and situations differently. To illustrate this, the lecturer gave an example. She was walking with a student in the park and he stopped, bemused, and stared at a trash bin where she could see a squirrel was engaged in a little happy scavenging.
'Look, Mrs. P,' he said, 'Someone has thrown away a perfectly good squirrel.'

I wonder whether we have a different perception of ourselves from the way others see us, based on the fact that we dwell on our negative features. Perhaps other people see us more positively than we see ourselves. Maybe we are throwing away a 'perfectly good' life because of inhibitions. What is 'perfect' after all. Just a matter of individual perception.

Perhaps by shifting the focus to be strong and being the best we can be for ourselves, whilst engaging with the world, we can be more positive and have a 'perfectly good life'.

That would be perfectly fine for me.
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