Thursday, November 03, 2011
I was going through my many notebooks from my days as a (mostly) writer and came across this entry titled Perception. I knew of course that we can all look at the same thing and each of us will see something different, but this entry pointed it out in a very graphic way.
August 21 [year unknown]
Bought a candle at the pharmacy. Cost was $2.29. I took my change out and counted out $2 plus a quarter and a nickel right in front of the pharmacist. She took the money, gave me a receipt, but not the 1 cent change. I was going to let it go, but something compelled me to say something -- obviously not for the one cent but for the principle of it.
So, very nicely, I said something -- and she replied: "Oh, I'm sorry, I thought I saw you count out four pennies."
I had put down 30 cents [a quarter and a nickel] and yet she perceived me counting out four pennies.
How often have I done this? I will pay attention from now on. I will not confuse perception with fact.
Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown