Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.
For many of us, we see life through lenses adjusted by life experiences.
Often times, we judge situations, people, and ourselves holding the baggage we carry around every day. This baggage may include, naivety, innocence, love, acceptance, and courage. On the contrary, it may also include hurt, rejection, disappointments, and fear. Depending on the situation, our observation is only as accurate as what we have unpacked to help observe it.
Approaching life subjectively (in a way that is influenced by our personal feelings, aka baggage), gives life an undertone influenced by what we decide to unpack. Projecting how we feel onto a situation, already defines the moment and the experience. We see life from and with OUR experience and self-consumption. Our projection makes the situation about ourselves first and what it actually is, dependent on that.
Approaching life objectively (in a way that is not influenced by personal feelings), gives life free rein to create. This allows for life to project itself onto US. It invites space for us to learn something new about life and ourselves. We see life with no experience. Life projecting onto us makes the situation about what it is creating, teaching, and giving.
It is not easy to observe situations objectively; we all have our opinions, our judgments, and our life-shaping experiences. However, it is possible to pay attention to what we are unpacking when we are observing a situation. And if we are unpacking the things that cause us to not feel the best about others and ourselves, the hope is to objectively observe this fact, and pack wisdom to guide us along for the next time.