S:1224 Distinction: Get Over It vs. Cover It Over

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) We have a conditioned response to avoid pain, or at least minimize it. This can cause us to mask it, Cover It Over with something more pleasant. The problem with the ‘cover up’ job is that the…Continue Reading →

S:1222 Distinction: Questions vs. Answers

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) One might not immediately think that Questions and Answers would be poles of a Distinction. But they are and they are heavily influenced by…Sherlock Holmes. [Yes, I know he is a fictional character of Arthur Conan Doyle,…Continue Reading →

S:1218 Distinction: New Mattress vs. New Sheets

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) New sheets are a simple way to freshen up a bed. Of course. But if the mattress is worn out, putting new sheets on it won’t improve your sleep. Yet that’s exactly what we do sometimes: we…Continue Reading →

S:1212 Distinction: Differentiation vs. Separation

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) Your hand is different from your foot, but each are parts of you. They are different, but not separate from you. A leaf is different from the bark, but both are parts of a tree and not…Continue Reading →

S:1210 Distinction: Construct vs. Real

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.) Many people think of their eyes as windows or portals, like telescopes or microscopes, benders of light. They think they are perceivers of images which come in front of them and are thus real. Not so. What…Continue Reading →

S:1200 Distinction: Essence vs. Appearance

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   It is quite difficult to discern essence from appearance, until it isn’t. You can probably recall numerous examples from your past where you thought something was one way (its appearance) and then later, perhaps in a…Continue Reading →

S:1194 Distinction: Progress vs. Pedals

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Imagine a bicycle. If you only look down at the pedals you can believe you are only moving in circles. Busy, but no progress. The view out over the handlebars is different. You see that the…Continue Reading →

S:1190 Distinction: Pain vs. Suffering

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Pain is a sensation. Suffering is an emotional reaction to pain. Of course you want to lessen or eliminate the pain sensation. Maybe you can’t stop it immediately, the condition is what it is. The pain…Continue Reading →

S:1189 Distinction: To Age vs. Be Old

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   This Distinction zeroes in on attitude rather than years. Sure, you will age, but old is a function of more than the calendar. I got to see this up close when a long-time friend started ‘getting…Continue Reading →

S:1185 Distinction: Discern vs. Judge

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   One of the most useful skills one can develop is discernment. The skill takes desire – you must want it. It takes awareness – you must be able to feel. And it takes self-esteem – you…Continue Reading →

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