We read something and it hits us in a strong way so much so that we even change the way we think about something. We see a painting and it moves us immediately in a way that we may not even understand or have words for. We watch a movie and it makes us cry and perhaps haunts us for the next several days, maybe even years. I have had all of these experiences and they have all been significant.
I have also attempted to share what I have experienced only to find that the other person has read my book, seen the painting and watched the movie and was left unmoved. Perhaps they didn't like it all. When this happens, after I get past my initial hurt feelings, I am reminded how personal these responses are. We have all had different life experiences and have been shaped to respond differently and see different things. Perhaps this is too obvious to even need writing about but maybe not. I just recently had such an experience and it affected me to the point of making it hard to fall asleep last night. My mind kept going back over wondering why my friend failed to see the beauty and power where I had seen it. The question just kept spinning in my mind like disengaged clutch plate that refused to go into gear. Finally I did manage to nod off.