God gave us this beautiful life to be lived in its full measure, to enjoy the beauty of his creation, to cherish the moments of joy and awakenings that happen when we discover new things, new possibilities, and new relationships.
And yet many of us fail, making wrong choices and end up either in misery, confusion or despair.
In this article, I want to share something that I learned recently about us and how our understanding molds our thinking which then results in our choices and decision-making.
It’s our choices that allow us to see the world in its fullness and live life to the fullest.
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
It all boils down to how we perceive the world and the things around us.
We often lead our lives based on our perceptions and believe it to be 100% true.
But the thing is that our perceptions are partial and subjective. We need to understand that all of our perceptions occur at a point in time, representing only a portion of the stimuli we could notice, and cannot be determined to be true or false.
Our perceptions are often based on our senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell) and our cultural upbringing which means based on our sensibilities and cultural backgrounds, we all tend to see the same thing differently.
The problem with us is that we are so strong headed and egoistic that we think what we know is the ultimate truth and therefore make our choices based on them and refrain from seeing the world or any particular problem from others perspective.
Like for example, a person from a village brought up in the traditional setup in a small setting will have a different view of marriage than an individual who lives in a city.
For a person from the village, marriage is about having a wife who cooks for him, looks after his children, one who keeps the home neat, clean and that’s it. But for a person from the city, marriage would mean partnership, companionship, etc.
Both hold different perception based on their worldview.
Now, the same marriage can be viewed differently by someone in the US or other European countries.
So, which one is true? I would say none because marriage can have varied interpretation based on culture, ethnicity, beliefs, upbringing, etc.
The same can be said about people in the business, about parenting, about work culture, etc
And therefore, here’s what I learned about thinking and living beyond our perceptions.
What helps us live beyond our perception is our ability to take risks, being open-minded towards new ideas, open to trial and error even though we don’t understand the whole picture, considering the viewpoint of another person from a different cultural, religious, or academic background.
The more we engage with our space and surroundings the richer is our history of responses that will help us respond usefully in the future, avoid failures, gain success, cherish our moments and live life to its full measure.
Love to hear what you think about this, you can share your thoughts in the comments below.