Scrolling through Facebook this morning, I discovered a video that caught my attention. 6 different photographers were asked to capture the same subject. That might sound quite dull except that each one of the image creators was told one fact about the man they were about to meet that defined him: millionaire, ex-con, fisherman, etc. Amazingly each picture captured the essence of the mental lens they chose to shoot their subject through. Here is the link if you want to check it out yourself.
I found the video oddly moving and apropos to much of what I've been contemplating recently. Our perceptions that are hardwired about life cause us to see everything through the eyepiece of our core truth. Most important though, is the way we see ourselves. There are some people who see past our "truth" reaching down to draw out the real truth in others but it has little effect until the real truth is believed. We are pushing towards the banishing of labels in our world because people are fed up with the box society has placed around them. That's what I AM that I AM is all about. It's a declaration of abandoning labels, embracing that you don't have to be anything other than the best version of you.
If you looked up from your screen right now to take a photograph of whatever you saw, what word comes to mind? How is that informed by that label you hold over yourself? Do you know what that word is? Allowing for the idea that reality is largely, if not entirely, a product of how we see ourselves is the first step to recognizing that there may be other lenses that offer a more pleasing perspective. Determining the properties of your life's lens allows you to then look over the other available lenses now that you've accepted their existence and choose the one that reveals the best version of you.
What are you seeing and why do you see it that way?