I've always been keenly aware of how our world-view affects our assessment of who we are. More importantly, how we see ourselves impact what we think we can achieve or limits our journey towards self-actualization. This knowledge is critical in staff development efforts. To change someone's performance and achievement-orientation, you need to make him aware of his/her misaligned paradigm and modify his/her world-view.
I remember, I used to see the world in black and white.
In my 20s, it's either you are right, or you are dead wrong. The 'moral clarity' made things easy for me. It gave me grounds to construct a sense of self-righteousness within a world of the redeeemed and the condemned. Looking back, I was perhaps trying to weave a spiritual skin to cover my sense of bewilderment with the 'big bad world' around me.
It helped shield me and reduced the wide unknown into a small, manageable binary.
Then I saw grey in my 30s.
I saw how reality can be understood within context. I saw how your truths are my lies. My lies are your realities. I saw how men and women struggle to make sense of life and try to create meanings within the brutal realities of day-to-day struggles. I saw 'good' things done with bad intentions and 'bad things' done that results in positive outcomes.
Now I think the full extend of life's colors come through to me.
Perhaps I am shedding my skin again. And I see manificent colors radiating from every individual in my life.
Color originates from Light. With Light, there's color.
With knowledge, there's light.
Power to the source of Light.
Color your Lives!