Can you trust your brain?
It’s a more important question than you might think, and more importantly if you think you can out-think your brain, you are probably greatly mistaken.
Say what??? Out-think your brain? That’s crazy talk isn’t it?
Well yes. On the surface that seems like a silly statement at best, but consider this; how many times have you had a gut instinct to do, or not do, something, and decided to think about it and ultimately end up doing something that was contrary to your original instincts?
How did that work for you? Did you find that your decision to second guess your yourself, or out-think your brain resulted in you ultimately making a better decision?
I recently acquired eyeglasses
For a long time I thought I had somehow escaped inheriting the need for corrective lenses that both of my parents have. But then, not too long ago I was walking down the street in Victoria with my girlfriend when we somehow got into a discussion about our eyesight (she, unfortunately has fairly poor eyesight, without her glasses she sees only a blur). During that conversation in which I pondered whether I should get my eyes checked or not, she challenged me to read some signs up ahead, and to my surprise the signs which were perfectly readable to her with her glasses on,were nearly impossible for me to read without doing some major squinting.
Believe it or not, I still didn’t think I needed glasses, and the only reason I ended up going to get my eyes checked was because I happen to know the owner of a boutique optical store in Vancouver and I got the idea that I just might look good with a pair of glasses on.
Yes, that’s right, it was vanity that lead me to get my eyes checked.
So I made an appointment one day on an impulse and while I was waiting in the office I half expected I was going to be sent home with a diagnosis of “it’s in your imagination”. But that’s not what happened. I was diagnosed with astigmatism, which basically means my eyes are not quite as round as they should be. This creates a kind of “halo” effect as it causes light to be focused in two places instead of one. I was just so used to it, I thought it was normal.