Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We see things as we are

We see things as we are


Perception is very important. It's so easy for me to think that things are a certain way and that everything is in my control. It's so easy to believe that things are a certain way for a reason that we cannot begin to effect, but this is simply not true. One of my favorite quotes is: "We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are." The construction of our individual worlds, and the people, places, and opportunities in them, is completely determined by our perspective.

.
The mood I'm in that day, The the things that have happened to me in life, the way I was raised, the things I have learned (or not learned as the case sometimes maybe), all affect how I view the world and, in turn the actual state of my world.

.
It is easy to forget how much my personal perception impacts my day-to-day life. Simply taking a step back and thinking about a situation, person, or emotion from a different perspective can completely change it. However, I often get so caught up in the moment (living in the present -- which is good, to a point) that I often forget that it is through my eyes that this moment exists. The way I see it, the spin I put on it, is up to me. Every minute of every day there is a chance to see things from a million different perspectives.

.
I remember a time when I had a discussion with someone, felt as if I understood him or her, and then later found out that I was completely wrong in your interpretation. Interacting with other people are difficult precisely for this reason -- I see things through my unique view. To realize this is exciting -- just think of all the ways to see the world! -- but it is also overwhelming. If I seeing things slightly different, how can I ever communicate effectively with another? Anyone who has ever been in a friendship, relationship, or had parents or siblings knows that communication is difficult -- no matter what. But one way I can make it easier is to think about how the other person might be seeing the world. Yes, this can be dangerous; making assumptions almost always comes with risk, but it can be helpful to at least recognize that another person may not be viewing the world the same way you do.

.
This recognition can also help us realize that we have the opportunity to choose to view the world differently. For years and years, I chose to view the world through a half-empty glass, always focusing on the negative. Seeing the world this way, for whatever reason, came naturally to me, but it made my life (and the lives of those around me) much harder than it needed to be. Long before I had ever read the quote above, I came to realize that it's up to me to change how I see the world. Of course it is much easier to go with my default negative point of view, but I am much happier when I choose to look at the world through different lenses. My world, and the worlds of those who interact with me, are completely impacted by the perspective I choose to take. It's not always easy to choose the positive perspective, but I find that every time I do, the world around me improves.

.
Even if we cannot choose the "right" perspective all the time, it is important to at least be conscious of the fact that there are multiple perspectives, not only in the world, but within ourselves. Though at times it may be difficult, we have the power to change our views of the world, and even the smallest, slightest change can have a huge impact on our lives.


Photobucket

7 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this post...and I agree with you 100%...at least I agree with what my perspective is about what you wrote. :)

    I too lived a lot of negativity. Now, any negativity I may have, really turns into a rant where I try and 'make light' of a situation. I usually don't go looking for the negative, and sometimes appear oblivious to it...which is great for me! I take what I want, and leave the rest...be it a person's personality, or a particular event...it's quite helpful to be that way.

    Thanks for the read.

    ReplyDelete
  2. yeah I agree with what you write we see things as we are... It's a projection of our own persona...

    ReplyDelete
  3. I like to read and see your every nice post.
    you may like this too.
    $ Free Free 100% free product $

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hey i love your post .. really good ... :D
    the post was like a light for me (:

    ReplyDelete
  5. • Great article, it's helpful to me, and I also like the useful info about ray ban.
    • Your do have some unique ideas here and I expect more ray ban sunglasses articles from you.
    • I like your ideas about ray ban glasses and I hope in the future there can be more bright articles like this from you.
    • You have given us some interesting points on ray ban sunglasses sale. This is a wonderful article and surely worth reading.
    • We share the opinion on ray ban eyeglasses and I really enjoy reading your article.
    • This is the best ray ban aviator article I have ever found on the Internet.
    • I greatly benefit from your articles every time I read one. Thanks for the ray ban aviator sunglasses info, it helps a lot.
    • I totally agree with you on the point of ray ban wayfarer. This is a nice article for sure.
    • I appreciate your bright ideas in this ray ban wayfarer sunglasses article. Great work!
    • This ray ban warrior sunglasses article is definitely eye-opening and inspiring.
    • Thank you so much for sharing some great ideas of ray ban polarized with us, they are helpful.
    • Good job for writing this brilliant article of ray ban polarized sunglasses.
    • Great resources of ray ban 3025! Thank you for sharing this with us.
    • I love this ray ban 2140 article since it is one of those which truly convey useful ideas.

    Bright idea, hope there can be more useful articles about ray ban.

    Thank you so much for sharing some great ideas of ray ban uk with us, they are helpful.

    It has been long before I can find some useful articles about ray ban sunglasses. Your views truly open my mind.

    Great article, it's helpful to me, and I also like the useful info about ray ban sale.

    I greatly benefit from your articles every time I read one. Thanks for the rayban store info, it helps a lot.

    This ray ban aviator article is definitely eye-opening and inspiring.

    Your do have some unique ideas here and I expect more ray ban wayfarer articles from you.

    You have given us some interesting points on ray ban warrior. This is a wonderful article and surely worth reading.

    ReplyDelete
  6. • We share the opinion on Brille and I really enjoy reading your article.
    • Bright idea, hope there can be more useful articles about Brillen.
    • You have given us some interesting points on Brillenfassungen. This is a wonderful article and surely worth reading.
    • Great article, it's helpful to me, and I also like the useful info about Unisex-Brille.
    • I totally agree with you on the point of klassische Brille. This is a nice article for sure.
    • I love this klassische Brillen article since it is one of those which truly convey useful ideas.
    • I appreciate your bright ideas in this Titan-Brille article. Great work!

    This is the best iphone accessories article I have ever found on the Internet.

    What an inspiring article you wrote! I totally like the useful iphone 3g accessories info shared in the article.

    I really like this accessories for iphone article, and hope there can be more great resources like this.

    I totally agree with you on the point of ipad accessories. This is a nice article for sure.

    I am glad to read some fantastic iphone 4 accessories article like this.

    Bright idea, hope there can be more useful articles about iphone 3g cases.

    Great article, it's helpful to me, and I also like the useful info about iphone 3g screen protectors.

    Thank you so much for sharing some great ideas of iphone 3g armbands with us, they are helpful.

    Excellent point here. I wish there are more and more iphone 3g styluses articles like that.

    It has been long before I can find some useful articles about iphone 3g chargers. Your views truly open my mind.

    We share the opinion on iPhone 3g bundles and I really enjoy reading your article.

    Good job for writing this brilliant article of iphone 3g cables.

    ReplyDelete
  7. this is a really good article, ive seen things as they are.. since i remember seeing.

    ReplyDelete