Why do some people look at things as polar opposites, as though there are two sides, and only two sides to a thing? It’s this or it’s that. One thing or the other. Left or right. Good or bad. Polar opposites exist, and as far as most would argue, one can’t exist without the other. Fine.

If two trees fall in a forest, one falls to the left, and the other falls to the right, have both trees fallen? Sure. Maybe you were even there to hear them fall, but if you walk around to the other side, the one that fell to the left is now on your right, and the one that fell to your right is now on your left. What shifted? You did. Your perspective changed. The thing that occurred is the same, and of course it still happened, but you moved your position. Now that you’re on the other side of it, you see it differently. If you zoom out to a bigger picture, it turns out there was more than just left or right to begin with; there’s also front and back, not to mention top and bottom; and that’s not even getting into all the potential angles of each of the positions. It seems there’s a lot more to a thing than the thing itself; perhaps that’s only true if you’re flexible and capable of moving.

Moving along, imagine you’re driving on a road, and that road ends at the intersection of another road. You can only go left or right. Take your pick. You can’t go straight ahead because there is no road to follow, and unless you want to go on foot and leave your vehicle where it sits, then there is no other option. Left or right. That’s it. Choose. Except, you could back up, turn your vehicle around and search for a different route. There’s that. There’s always that.

Is it the physical reality of a thing, or is it your perception of the physical reality of a thing that makes it what it is? How much does your interpretation really matter? Can the meaning you give something change the thing itself? The human brain is interesting, to say the least. It’s not black or white. The brain has been referred to as grey. This grey matter has the potential to cause problems but it can also give you the solutions you need. The physical reality is what it is, full of polar opposites, but the grey matter between your ears can move the perception of a thing, sometimes enough to give you the tools to navigate a different route. But if you really want to put the grey matter to the test, you can go ahead and create original pathways. Build new roads that never even existed before. Not only will you eliminate the dead ends for yourself, but you’ll chart a path for others who are headed in the same direction.

Will they thank you for it? Probably not. Build it anyway.