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Perception Is Reality

Of late, I’ve been struck with how our perceptions differ so greatly from those of others who observe or experience the same things. I first began to realize this when I had friends who were brothers. There was about a ten-year age difference between them. I had much interaction with both brothers and as our relationships deepened, they began to tell me stories from their childhood, about their parents and how they were raised. If I hadn’t known they were brothers, there is no way I could have recognized that they came from the same family and had the same parents. Their perspective as to how they had been raised was as if they had been raised by totally different people. I never forgot this lesson. I learned that our perceptions of events can differ beyond recognition when compared with the perceptions of others who experienced precisely the same things.   

An Unlikely Friendship, Part 2 of 2

I was not only shocked.  My heart dropped to the pit of my stomach.  I would not accept this terrible news.  I could not.  Out of everyone, why Simon?   I wanted to help, but I was helpless.  

An Unlikely Friendship, Part 1 of 2

In 2011, my employer encouraged me to see beyond the present as I had been working and teaching in the same institution for several years.  That July, I applied to study at Tel Aviv University’s Sofaer International program.  I had two main hesitations.  First, I wasn’t sure if I would be accepted as a business degree is quite different from the degree I studied for my BA.  Second, I am a Palestinian; Tel Aviv is in Israel.