Only Your Hairdresser Knows For Sure

You remember the popular Clairol “Loving Care” television commercial…

Only your hairdresser knows for sure

Everything we believe is based on our personal assumptions about reality. When Chicken Little got clunked on the head by an acorn, his perception was “The sky is falling!” Just like Chicken Little, our perception is our reality—even if it doesn’t line up with everyone else’s.

Our minds have models of what they feel represents reality. Everything we think we know is based on implied assumptions we’ve embraced about how reality works. These assumptions are known as “constructs.”

In science there’s a principle known as Occam’s Razor—this concept states that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Using Occam’s Razor we understand that the more constructs we need to have for a belief to be true, the more likely it’s not.

Some beliefs require an awful lot of constructs…the belief that we’ll always be alone, the belief that we’re not smart enough, the belief that we’re not creative, the belief that no one cares. These types of beliefs require thousands of constructs about reality in order to be accurate—there’s a much greater chance they’re not.

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.
It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
— Mark Twain

What do you know for sure—for absolutely certain?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
— Laurie Buchanan and our Facebook page

© 2012 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

The Sky is Falling!

You remember Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Foxy Loxy, Turkey Lurkey, and Goosey Loosey. Well…

Monday afternoon I shared with Terrill Welch over at Creative Potager:

Acorns are falling—thump, thump, thump—and the chipmunks are packing their cheeks as fast as they can and “squirreling” them away. Their faces are so fat it looks like we’ve got a mumps epidemic on our hands!

I thought it would be fun to try to capture a photograph of an acorn-laden chipmunk face so I laid down under the oak tree in our front yard—camera at the ready.

Just as I got the feeling that I was being watched, a load of acorns rained down on me. Looking up into the tree, here’s what I saw looking back (click on the photo and it will enlarge):

Look in the dead-center, and slightly to the right

Shortly after that, I received an email notifying me that my friend Jeff Stroud of The Reluctant Blogger, had tagged me in a comment on Facebook. So I toggled over there to view a wonderful 8-minute video clip of Zen Master John Daido Loori, author of Zen Photography. Not quite halfway into the clip he said:

“The moment is where our life takes place. We miss the moment—we miss life.”

Hearing that made me doubly glad that I’d taken the time—the moments—to try to see the world from a chipmunk’s point of view, and was instead rewarded with a raccoon smile.

What was the last moment you truly savored?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved