A friend of mine just posted a quote by Tibetan Buddhist Chogyam Trungpa that said:
"We are always in transition. If you can just relax with that, you’ll have no problem."
but through sleepy eyes I read "We are always in translation..." This came immediately after reading that my friend Derek had just finished reading the bible for the first time, and Derek never does anything the easy way (you can read about his experience here).
After I had a laugh at my mistake, I realized that we are always in 'translation'. Seeing things through our eyes and others experiencing us through theirs. We perceive the world and everything in it, in our own unique way. And while uniqueness should indeed be celebrated, stale thinking needs to hit the bin.
Reading the bible in its many translations, though arduous, is an excellent way of keeping the word flowing, and alive, fitting it into our lives at certain times, finding the different layers as our experience grows. And we can do the same with the world and its inhabitants, trying to experience through the eyes of compassion and humility, ditching our singular translation and seeing things how they truly are. By understanding the adage that says there are always three different ways to see things, your way, my way and the truth, our experience of each other and our time here has the ability to increase exponentially.