Paradigm Shift

A friend of mine shared this with me.. i thought i would pass it along to you… 

The following story is from Reader’s Digest (attributed to Dan P. Greyling): A woman at Heathrow Airport in London was waiting for her flight.  She purchased a box of cookies and a book while waiting.  With the cookies sitting on the table next to her, she began reading her book.  Suddenly, a gentleman sitting on the other side of the table reached over, opened the box of cookies, took one out, and ate it.  He smiled at her as he did it.  The woman was horrified, but didn’t say anything.  She reached over and ate one herself.  The man smiled, reached over, took another cookie, and ate it.  The woman became very upset (but not speaking), took another cookie, and ate it.  Back and forth they went until all but one cookie had been eaten.  Then, as though to add insult to injury, the gentleman took the last cookie, broke it in two, and slid half over to the woman.  After eating his half, he got up, smiled again, bowed politely, and walked off.  By this time the woman was livid, but before she could confront the man or do anything else, her flight was called.  As she opened her carry-on bag to put the book away, she noticed her box of cookies inside.  She had been eating his cookies all along! How many times have we all made assumptions like the woman in the airport made?  It’s easy to do because we all see things in different ways.  We all have different paradigms that we operate from.  We see the world not as it is, but as we are – or sometimes as we are conditioned to see it.