The picture above is actually chalk art on a sidewalk. The man dipping his toes in the water is real.
It’s all about perception.
I’ve been thinking about that. We seem to live our lives based on our perception of what we see, hear and experience. We can choose to interpret our experiences in any way we want to – we have the freedom to select any meaning for any experience instead of being a victim who must assign one and only one meaning to each experience.
Although we may think that it’s the experience that shapes us and determines who we are, that’s not really true. It is our interpretation of the experience. We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are. And when what we experience doesn’t conform to our beliefs and theories, we feel uncomfortable. Maybe even confused.
So . . .
Our perception – and subsequent reaction – to any experience makes all the difference.
That, my friends, opens a whole new world.