“Wherever we go, across the Pacific or Atlantic, we meet, not similarity so much as ‘the
bizarre’. Things astonish us, when we travel, that surprise nobody else.” –
Miriam Beard

Whether venturing out to cross an ocean or merely considering
what’s already at hand, you are frequently astonished. You see the different,
the bizarre, the unusual, the pieces that don’t quite fit. You also see the
similarities and common aspects. Many people tend to see most events and
situations as new or unique. You attend to what you haven’t seen before, what
you don’t understand, those elements that are atypical or unusual. However, you
first see the extent to which each event or circumstance fits into a familiar
pattern, into the context of prior experience. Whether the fit is slight or
more pronounced, the points of congruence with available knowledge and
information are your initial reference for thought, perception, and intuition.
You move on from there but first use the connection between the past and
present to prime the pump, so to speak.