In my work with my clients we must frequently challenge "reality", which is all too often just a hodge-podge of poorly thought out, but firmly entrenched, and limiting thoughts that over much time and incessant repetition have become beliefs. Many of my approaches with my clients at first seem counterintuitive. Yet, if the current level of thinking leaves us stuck in the same ineffective "reality" then it makes sense to challenge the current "sense" that simply doesn't work. The reality that I care about is "does this approach actually work in a way that helps me be truer to myself and others?" Consider the thoughts of what others have had to say about "reality":
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
—Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it.
—Jimmy Stewart (1908 - 1997) as Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, 1950
I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.
—Garrison Keillor (1942 - )
Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.
Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling?
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
—Jules de Gaultier
What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist.
Everything you can imagine is real.
—Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
“Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.”
—Chuang Tzu, Taoist philosopher, 369 BC – c. 286 BC
Few people have the imagination for reality.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Listening to both sides of a story will convince you that there is more to a story than both sides.
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.
—John Kenneth Galbraith
Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement... let me go upstairs and check.
Cloquet hated reality but realized it was still the only place to get a good steak.
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
I'm not in denial. I'm just very selective about the reality I choose to accept.
—Calvin in Bill Watterson's comic strip Calvin & Hobbes
Cristof: As Truman grew up, we were forced to manufacture ways to keep him on the island.
Interviewer: Why do you think Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now?
Cristof: We accept the reality of the world as it is presented to us. It's as simple as that.
—From the movie Truman