It was lunchtime on a quiet day at a busy popular local coffee shop. I had been out on a few sales calls and needed to grab a quick bite. A black waitress friend I knew well showed me to a table, we exchanged a bit of gossip, laughed and I placed my usual order. In came a young black man, hat askew with the swagger of a young man whose exaggerated confidence doesn’t yet fit his life’s experiences.
Our perceptions or assumptions can be a great help, a hindrance or a conundrum. I have a friend who calls perceptions snapshots, a picture if you will, of something that sticks with us that we hold on to; good, bad or indifferent. Sometimes, if we don’t take the time to look a little deeper, we […]