Misdirection is usually held to mean that someone has been given the wrong instructions or been otherwise directed in an incorrect way. The misdirection I’m talking about here is the misdirection we give ourselves about the objects we observe. This misdirection occurs primarily through our early training and our lack of attention. It also happens because not only do see what we want to see, we strive to see only what we want to see. And we are also targeted by the intentional misdirection of others. Much of this misdirection is not harmful and can even be considered funny. But in other cases there are outcomes which can only be considered sad. The photo above is meant to convey the condition of a creek in late Fall, in the evening. How many of you saw that in the picture? But misdirection also occurs with observations other than sight. I’ll bet you can think of a conversation that upon the final confusion you both you find you’ve been talking about two different things. And misdirection occurs very frequently when listening to music. One piece of music can mean a different thing for everyone listening to it. The primary trouble with our own misdirection is that we make almost always make value judgements about what we see, hear, and feel. Anything that can be seen as having a value can be seen as good or bad, happy or sad depending upon the person observing it. Any person observing anything (that means pretty much anything, pretty much constantly) should be aware of where their reactions are coming from and be careful to make sure they’re aware of the coloring they place on their observations and convictions. With this awareness actually being applied we could avoid many misunderstandings and even create a positive environment around and among us all. Would you rather continue to view things though only your own experiences or be aware of your experiences and allow other points of view a place?