*** What’s Your Perception? ***

“Perception is a more or less clear understanding of something” the dictionary tells us. This is already not a very clear definition… But if we add to this that our perception goes through the filters of our culture and our feelings, you realize that the perception we have of something can be very far from its reality.
Recently, I received some news from Japan. I was so happy about this news, that I considered excellent according to my perception, that I sent it to an American friend. And this friend answered me: “Eric, are you so egotistical that you would send me such news?” Ouch! For him, this news was really bad news. Surprising, isn’t it?
That made me think about two famous animals that we love in France: frogs and roosters. Do you know the sounds of these animals? I am not sure! So, try to imitate them…
Did you know that a frog says “Croa” in France but that it says “Ribit” in the United States? And that a rooster says “Cocorico” in France and “Cockadoodledoo” in the United States? Who is right in your opinion? Do you think that it’s the French because we eat frogs and the rooster is our national emblem? Oh, no! The French and the Americans are both right!
You are going to say to me: “Eric, why are you telling us all this?” To explain to you that it isn’t easy to work with partners who have another perception and who hear something different from what you are telling them. I thought that I had said “Croa” but they heard “Ribit”. All this is to say to you: Pray for me because there are some days when communication is really very complicated, and I am afraid of losing precious partners over a simple question of perception. Really! Anyway, I hope that you have truly understood me. :-)

Eric Célérier