Perceptions of Reality in a Minor Key

A person’s perception of reality does not always match up with actual reality. Often, we are walking into mid-scene of someone’s life movie. We get a brief glimpse of who they are in that moment. These encounters are usually without context, skewing our perception.

If you listen to music much, you know that major keys sound happy and bright, whereas minor keys are sad and dark. At least that’s how we perceive them.

People can be that way, too. Some are bright, happy and light on their feet. Others, are sad and dark, laden with burdens too heavy to share. But are either of those perceptions real?

There’s always more to the story then we see at first glance. We think we know. But, we don’t. Everyone is carrying something with them even if it’s just a distant memory of who they once were or who they had hoped to be one day.

Have you ever wondered what motivates people? It’s something I think about a lot, particularly working with unsheltered folks living on the streets of Dallas.

I wonder what brought someone to the streets and why some choose to leave while others decide to stay. It’s all part of a normal days work for me and my team of co-laborers. We see the destitute and the downtrodden in the myriad of faces that cross our path each day. Some will overcome and reshape their stories of loss into tales of victory. Others will die, their dreams derailed from the get-go.

The point is that we never know what someone else is going through at the moment our lives intersect with theirs.

All we can do is love.

I pray the Lord’s blessings and favor shine upon on you today.

The Devotional Guy™

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  1. Thanks for this post – you’ve got my mind wondering something…do you have a contact email address you’re happy for me to contact you on?

    I have a favourite phrase I’ve been using as long as I can remember – “perception trumps reality”

    The music thing is interesting (I’m a musician) because major keys and minor keys shouldn’t change our mood. and yet they do – music really does affect us, because that is how God has made us!

    Blessings upon you and yours today

    Andy B

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  2. Sure. There is an email link on my “about” page. Thanks for reading. I look forward to hearing from you.

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  3. cool. thanks.

    Andy B

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