It seemed like a no brainer, something everyone should be able to agree on. But then again, not necessarily so when you are dealing with people.
The question is simple: Is a tennis ball green, yellow or some other colour? Simple, right? Everybody knows the answer is green. Or maybe not.
In one survey, when 30,000 participants were asked that question, 52 percent said green, 42 percent said yellow, and 6 percent went with “other.” Other? Really?
I felt vindicated, but only momentarily. According to Wikipedia: Yellow and white are the only colours approved by the ITF, and most balls produced are a fluorescent yellow known as “optic yellow”.
I don’t care and regardless of the facts, tennis balls still look green to me. We often think we are sharing the same reality, when in fact we aren’t. Green for me, yellow for you. And it really doesn’t make a difference, although some people feel passionate about their choice of colour.
And if we can’t agree on the colour of a tennis ball, is it any wonder that there is so much disagreement about the major issues in life?
But here is a hint for a better life; we can agree to disagree and still treat each other civilly. It’s worth a try.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.