Robust ThemeDec 09, 2019 2020-04-08 7:40
Rose Colored Lenses
Have you ever watched Veggie Tales? It’s a cute tv show of talking fruit and veggies who teach Biblical stories and character-building traits to children.
One of the episodes is about the good Samaritan. Now stick with me here, because my point of this story is different than the main point. I’m not going to push religion down your throat either.
There were two cities and between the two, a man was robbed, stripped of his clothes, and savagely beaten. This man was a Jew and as many know, they were enemies of the Samaritans – who were gentiles. Many people passed the dying Jew: Other Jews, a priest, rich people, poor people, etc. No one helped him.
Finally, a rich Samaritan man passed him. Instantly he knew that the dying man was a Jew – The enemy. But he chose to help him anyway. The Samaritan man gave the Jew clothes, food, a doctor, and a place to stay until he fully recovered.
Here’s the point. When we look through our different biases – through rose colored lenses of how we believe the world is, vs. what it really is, we miss opportunities to help other people. We are unable to discern situations clearly and are therefore unable to lead or communicate well. Just like the ones who passed the Jew by, they saw him through rose colored lenses, determining their potential to help him.
A good leader and communicator must always be growing through their biases. Honestly, if we all worked on this, we wouldn’t have the issues going on in the world that we have. We cannot understand people with true discernment if we can’t see them clearly. And we can’t help other people or lead them if we don’t understand them.
This applies to salespeople, marketers, coaches, managers, etc. Each of us wants to help other people and must know how to do that clearly, without rose colored lenses, to make the biggest impact.