It’s All About Perception!

Ah it feels so good being here after a long break! Hope you all are doing great.
Couple of days back, in a sweaty afternoon, I was just surfing on my phone and then there was a ‘Beep’. It was a message sent by my cousin and that text made me think in more of a different manner. It was like this;

A pregnant mother asked her daughter, “What do u want- a brother or a sister?”

Daughter: Brother

Mother: Like whom?

Daughter: Like RAVAN (Hindu mythological character tagged as villain)

Mother: What the hell are you saying? Are you out of your mind?

Daughter: Why not mom? He left all his royal ship and
kingdom, all because his sister was disrespected. Even after picking up his enemy’s wife, he didn’t ever touch her. Why wouldn’t I want to have a brother like him?
What would I do with a brother like Ram who left his pregnant wife after listening to a “dhobi” though his wife always stood by his side like a shadow?
After giving “Agni Pareeksha” and suffering 14 years of exile, how can you live with the blot of having lived with “another man”.
Mom, you being a wife & sister to someone, until when will you keep on asking for a “RAM” as your son???
Mother was in tears…

When I went through this story, I was like, “Hell Yeah! That’s so true! That’s totally a different outlook and there’s nothing wrong in that.”
No one in the world is good or bad. It’s just an interpretation about someone. People tend to think of perception as a passive process. We see, hear, smell, taste or feel stimuli that impinge upon our senses. We think that if we are at all objective, we record what is actually there. Yet perception is demonstrably an active rather than a passive process; it constructs rather than records “reality.” You construct how you choose to see the world. As Shakespeare said, ‘there’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so’. To a certain extent, the way in which we perceive the world is entirely up to us. However, there are times when what we perceive is out of our control. Our perception of reality is dependent on how we choose, how we are influenced and how we are taught to perceive the things we are surrounded by. Most of the time, what we perceive as our reality is what we want to perceive however, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes our perception of our reality isn’t in our control but the control of our environment.change-your-perception-change-your-life-1-638

Think for a moment about a bee. A bee settling on a flower has stung a boy. And the boy dreads bees and says the object of the bee is to sting people. A philosopher admires the bee, sipping honey from the cup of the flower, and says the object of the bee is to sip the nectar of the flower. A beekeeper says the object of the bee is to gather honey. Another beekeeper, who has studied bees more closely, says the object of the bee is to gather honey to feed the young ones, and to rear a queen, and to perpetuate the race. The botanist believes the object of the bee is to fertilize the pistil of the flower. Another sees the hybridization of plants and believes the object of the bee is to contribute to that end.

As you can see, the perception of the observer depends upon the observer’s own assumptions and perceptions. That is not to say we experience totally different things but different aspects of things. The Hindu’s view of a cow in no way corresponds to that of a canning factory meat packer, and in Istanbul they keep their pigs in the zoo instead of making them into sausage.
We build our own reality. Even colors are products of our mind. Vincent Van Gogh told his brother he could see twenty-seven different shades of grey. Who knows if my red is the same as your red? That’s what it is!

If a person is failing in his life, it maybe because of academics, job issues or love and he tries to change his outlook or his perception about the situation, or he turns the face of the coin from heads to tails and moves according to it, he has a chance again to achieve his goal or whatever his wished to. Adjusting your self-perception comes down to being honest with yourself. Recognising your weak points helps you identify when you need to ask for help. Acknowledging your strengths can give you the courage to assert yourself even when you don’t feel like you deserve to. What you do with the knowledge is a whole different can of worms, but here’s how to adjust when your perception doesn’t line up with your reality. Feeling as though you can succeed is important to future success. Negativity is a state of mind. Failure and accomplishment can be used to either push you forward or pull you behind. Finding a way to channel every positive thing in your life to make you feel better as a person is possibly the greatest success you can accomplish for yourself. While you may still have an off day every once in a while, finding a way to be primarily positive is the key to having the strength to pursue many more goals and your wildest dreams. So it’s all in your perception baby, build your perception not on the beliefs of the society, build it in the way that helps you attain your dreams and goals in a positive way!8a8d08be-e89f-426c-971d-05d6bb97f12a

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