Everybody sees the world from a different perspective. But we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
If you are a happy and positive person, the world is a joyful place. If you are a sad and negative person, the world is a place of despair. You can probably think of people in your life that fit both descriptions.
I read a story recently.
Two men, a paralytic and a man with a terrible lung disease, were confined to a hospital room. Each day, the medical staff would help the man with the lung disease sit up for an hour so he could gaze out the window. He would describe what he saw to his paralyzed roommate whose bed was on the side of the room.
He’d talk about the children running and playing, a father walking with his child, a bluebird in a tree across the way. He saw how the wind moved the clouds, how the rain washed the sidewalks and roads clean, and two little boys playing catch. His descriptions gave the paralyzed man a sense of hope and a will to live.
One day, the man with the lung disease died. The paralyzed man asked to be moved close to the window so he could see what his roommate had seen. The nurses helped him to sit up, but the only view from the window was a wall.
Shocked, the paralyzed man told the nurses about the wonderful things his former roommate had described and about how those descriptions had given him hope. The nurses were startled by this and told the paralyzed man something he didn’t know about his roommate.
“He was blind,” they said.
The point is, the world is largely in your mind. It’s how you think, how you dream, that determines how you see and perceive things. Life is not about waiting for storms to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.
How do you see the world?