I know a lot of people who see the world in black and white. And I love you, I really do. I am a recovering black and white person myself.
A world of fair or not fair, right or wrong, this or that, may tilt toward the boring, but it is unquestionably a whole lot more simple. Once we discover the truth, our way is clear. Once we pick our side of the street, the lines are clearly demarcated. You are either with me or against me. A believer or not. Sinner or Saint. Enlightened or ignorant.
To be sure, I have my list of immutable truths about the universe, my personal moral compass and so forth. But it’s a pretty short list.
For me, the reality is that the world can almost always be seen in varying shades of grey–and yes, there are many more than 50. This no longer bothers me. On the contrary; I embrace it.
When I learn to live in the grey, I see endless possibilities, rather than limitations. Abundance, not scarcity.
When I learn to live in the grey, I’m far less judgmental and far more accepting of other’s unique journeys, personal struggles and beautiful differences. Connection and compassion are the powerful by-product.
When I learn to live in the grey, that spreadsheet analysis, marketing campaign or strategic plan, create options, not a monolithic view of a certain future.
When I learn to live in the grey, I don’t beat myself up because I fail to meet some impossible standard of perfection.
When I learn to live in the grey, I don’t delude myself into thinking there is only one way forward. My journey is a continuing series of mid-course corrections, not an ego driven quest to be “right” and to make you wrong.