It's A Gift

…some thoughts about gifts and giving and about life in general

Archive for September, 2011

Another Nature/Nurture Question

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Anyone who has studied human psychology at all should be familiar with the question of how much of our behavior and character traits is determined by genetics and how much is learned during early childhood.

Recently it occurred to me that it’s quite possible that the way my thinking patterns developed might have had a lot to do with the fact that I was extremely near-sighted from birth. When I started the fourth grade, a teacher realized that I just could not read anything on the blackboard unless I was right up close. From that point on I have worn either glasses or contact lenses, but prior to that, there was no way for me to know that everyone didn’t see the world in a very blurry fashion!

The Gift We Didn’t Know We Were Giving

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

A few comments made on a forum that I frequent made me think of something that happened a long time ago when I was only in my early twenties.