I heard a quote once that said, “We don’t see the world as it is, but we see the world as we are.” When I took a few moments to really think about those words, I came to the realization that they spoke a message that is indisputable and true. It doesn’t matter where you live, what your vocation is in life, how much money you earn, or what level of education you have attained; your view of the world will always be governed by your thoughts, your attitudes, and your degree of happiness in life.
I mean let’s be honest. We have all seen people at one time or another in our lives that are simply oozing with negativity, bitterness, self pity, or other types or combinations of personal characteristics that cause a person to drudge through life defeated and depressed. If a person has a tendency to think negatively all the time, and is consistently unable to embrace a positive and optimistic attitude, they will always see the world as a place that is destine to lead them into doom and failure. If a person goes through life with self pity all the time, they will see the world as a cruel, unfair, and uncaring place. They will go through life feeling like someone needs to come to their rescue, and when they don’t see that happening, they will see the world as totally void of love and compassion.
I suppose I could go on and on in different examples, but I think you get the point. Our attitudes and our thoughts, and simply the choices we make in how we will react to challenges and adversity in life play a huge part in how we will view and see the world. I love a quote I once read by John O’ Donohue where he said, “No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground.” Those words are pretty awesome to think about. In essence, our world….or the world to us, can be changed simply by our thoughts, attitudes, and the way we choose to feel. No other person on the planet has the authority or ability to control your thoughts and attitudes. We are the one and only conductor of our life’s orchestra. It is up to us to choose how the music is played!
How do you see the world? Do you want to live a happier life and live in a better world? If the answer is yes, and I would venture to say that it is, allow me to make a suggestion. Remember, we don’t necessarily see the world as it is, we see the world as we are. In other words, we will always see the world through the glasses of our own attitudes and thoughts. If you want to change your world, change your thoughts.
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Until Next Time,