My wife took a picture of the sky outside yesterday. Other than the sky, what do you see in the photograph? (Click on the image here to get a closer look).
When i first looked at it, there appeared to be an owl or hawk in the upper right hand corner about to dive out of the sky. Of course, all I could think of was the fate of a small mouse or rabbit on the ground. I was raised a Calvinist; therefore, I think of the worse first.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so are many things we think to be real or true. Or, as the old saying goes: Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens that matters more.
Don’t misunderstand, there may well be some truths that don’t need our assent. They are what they are no matter what we perceive. But a great deal of what’s “out there” is shaped by what’s “in here.” If this is true, then we have a great deal more power over what we perceive than we give ourselves credit for.
Training our minds is the work of a lifetime. It is a daily practice not intended for those who want quick fixes. If you want a quick fix, try Twitter. If you want to change your life, work on yourself.