Perception or Reality

When we hear statements like:

“Why is this happening to me?”
“This isn’t fair.”
“This can’t be true.”
“It shouldn’t be this way.”
“Story of my life.”

Someone’s perception or expectation is not meeting reality. What are your options at that moment? As the late Maya Angelou once said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

We all see reality through a personal lens shaped by our beliefs, culture, religion, experiences, etc. And our perception of reality often dictates our behavior. When we refuse to allow any flexibility in our attitude, we close our minds to possibility and sometimes the truth. Self-defeating statements don’t change the situation. It only makes the experience more painful.

Facing Reality

You can view life for what it is or what you pretend it to be, but reality keeps going no matter what you do.

In our everyday practice of conscious living, we continuously alternate between at least two realities: material/spiritual, subjective/objective, seen/unseen, and inner/outer.

To mature in your perception of reality, you must be open to change, understand your limitations, embrace otherness, and be willing to encounter the unknown.

If you are satisfied with what you have and like in your reality, then strive to maintain it.

Otherwise, take action and change the reality of the situations that don’t appease you.