18–Dimension 6: Choice: Chocolate or Vanilla?
May 31, 2018 |
Important pre-class writing exercise today.
Don’t take more than a couple of minutes writing your answers to these questions.
Without much thought, quickly describe your father, as if you were painting a picture with words and phrases.
Now do the same for you. Quickly describe yourself, as if you were painting a picture with words and phrases.
Note: What the capacity of choice and the power to choose actually means for an individual is significant. This is an exercise geared to demonstrate what I mean when I say that the stories we choose to tell about ourselves and others creates reality.
(NOTE: I wish I’d remembered to put this story in the video because it well illustrates how the story I choose creates my reality.)
The Three Stone Cutters!
A traveler came upon three individuals working with stone. Curious as to what these workers were doing, the traveler approached the first worker and asked, “What are you doing?” Without the slightest hesitation, the worker replied, “I am a stone cutter and I am cutting stones.” Still unclear of the workers’ task, the traveler approached the second worker and asked the same question. To this the second worker thought for a moment, gazed briefly at the traveler and explained, “I am a stone cutter and I am cutting stones to earn money to support my family.” Perplexed by the two different responses, the sojourner approached the third worker and asked, “What are you doing?” Stopping for a moment, the worker stared at the stone in his hand, slowly turned to the traveler, and said, “I am a stone cutter and I AM BUILDING A CATHEDRAL!”
Three men – all working at the same site, performing the same task – each had three very different perspectives of what they were working toward.