Friday, July 18, 2008
The Way We See It
The eye doctor instructed her patient to read a chart on the wall. He looked at it and read, "A, B, F, N, L and G."
The doctor turned the light back on and wrote in her notebook.
"How'd I do, Doc?" the patient wondered.
She replied, "Let's put it this way -- they're numbers."
"But Doc," he argued, "this is the way I see it!"
Much of my happiness or unhappiness is a result of my perception. "This is the way I see it," I tell myself.
I see some problems as challenges that energize me to action and others as obstacles that stop further progress. It’s just the way I see it.
And sometimes I see new situations as fun, and other times I see them as fearful.
The busyness of my life can be OK if I see it that way, or it can be a major source of stress. And an unexpected intrusion in my schedule can be an irritant or, if I see it that way, possibly the most important thing I could do that day.
Even an embarrassing mistake can be the beginning of a new learning or an occasion to berate myself. It’s in the way I see it.
One of the greatest blocks to my happiness is forgetting that it is not always about what is happening to me -- it's more about the way I see it.
Like Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." It's in the way we see it.
-- Steve Goodier
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