“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” – Kahlil Gibran
“…the attitude you bring to life”
“…the way your mind looks at what happens”
These are powerful statements which speak directly to someone’s personal perception.
Look outside your window and you’ll be amazed to see just how much is going on at any given time. People are living and dying; loving and suffering; at peace and at war. Yet through it all, everyone’s perception of this life is unique – regardless of their position in society.
Sadly, perceptions often lead to judgements, which then lead to prejudices, and before long we alone have managed to create personas about other people, which many times are lacking in the truth.
Jane Austen once wrote, “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
Perception is superficial. It does not allow us a glimpse at the struggles of one’s soul or the burdens placed on one’s heart. All we can do is assume – a word with no definitive conclusion.
There’s no stopping the way in which our brain “perceives” things, but we certainly can change what we “do” next.