Filling in the Blanks

Filling in the Blanks

(From Brainstorms)

Studies show that most people,

when looking at a familiar word

that is missing a letter,

interpret that missing letter

and don’t notice that it’s not there.

Most of our universe is space

and yet I see

and perceive things to be




My mind fills in the blanks.

Is that how it is between you and me,

that we can share an experience

and then go on to tell such different stories about it?

Are we filling in the blanks

with our biases and expectations,

letting our perceptions color our interpretations,

without stepping back to recognize

the lens through which we are judging?

Why is it so hard to notice the missing letters?

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