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.
7 responses to “It’s All About Perception”
It’s exactly this kind of freedom that we have a love/hate with. God gives us these incredible freedoms and then we blame Him when we mess it up. We basically ask Him to take our freedoms away, but then we call Him a tyrant. And guys like Richard Dawkins call God capricious. Sheesh, make up your minds, eh?
Brad, you get it! Thank you for the comment and for your insight. Always appreciated.
I must remind myself of this often because it is so accurate! Thank you for sharing your wisdom 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Always appreciated!
Great post. Our perceptions of life experiences are dependent upon our position in life itself. For instance, a passenger in a car may judge that he is too close to the shoulder of the highway. Where as the driver’s position gives him the truest perspective thus the more accurate perception.
I may have missed some of the initial point but this gave me a new perspective.
Thanks for your comment! I like your analogy about the driver on the highway.
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