Then maybe again, it’s not everything.
Especially if we perceive something in error.
Curiouser and curiouser ‘Life’s Puzzles’ seem, especially when the puzzle’s come with missing pieces. I’m using the word ‘seem’ here because this piece is about perceptions.
And… it would seem my perceptions are being tested right and left lately. Showing me what I often perceive as my reality is not at all the fact.
And maybe that is a good thing, keeps me on my barefoot toes. I suppose.
The recent discovery that the reality of what I believed to be true isn’t so set me back a few paces. That what I thought to be so and isn’t the fact at all points out to me that my perceptions can be completely off. Making such a mistakes in judgements as to what I perceived from others is giving me pause, and is what is inspiring this post.
Thankfully this misguided perception has no negative weight of influence on how I identify with as myself. (I know there was a time in my life it might have) What struck me though was that my own perceptions were so askew and wrong.
I oddly enough discovered that a whole lifetime of interactions were all based on something that was never true, now it’s appearing it had been nothing but charades the whole time.
I’m no doubt too analytical sometimes, but it’s what I do. Especially when it comes to our human spirit and how the world influences who we are, and what we do. I began to wonder about perceptions in general. How do our perceptions affect us?
Discovering that something I believed to be true for decades was never so in the first place is not something I just can say “Oh well” to. That my perception was so off is what set me back a moment. I decided to use the discomfort to familiarize myself again with the theories of perceptions. I’m never being flippant when I say I am a Student of Life, I do like to read and study about who we are as a species.
There are still so many learning curves to life.
How important are the perceptions of others in our lives?
How much weight do we give those perceptions?
Briefly what I know about perception is it’s the way we decipher what we see, and what we sense from people and the environments in our lives. Our perceptions are how we decode all that ‘intelligence’ we receive, if you will. It’s how we see the world, each other, all that which creates our own sense of realty.
And even though I think my sense of perception is keen, sensitive, and intuitive, in reality it’s skewed at times.
Then include everyone else and their perceptions into our realities.
It sometimes surprises me to learn how others in my life see me, their perceptions of who I am. I am often pleasantly surprised by how another perceives who I am… Yet there are other times the perceptions of others could be nothing farther from the truth.
Having the power of choice to what perceptions we choose to give weight to is a freedom to embrace I think.
We are indeed what we think.
I also find it interesting to consider just how much weight we give, or we do not give to others perception’s of who are. Choosing where the power of our thought’s comes from guides and molds who we are.
Our own thoughts can empower. Or not. Just as those perceptions of others can empower Or not.
Acknowledging that letting my ego get caught up in how others might perceive me was really a learning curve, learning it is wasting my energy and effort when I focus it on what others think of me. Instead of dwelling on thoughts of what and how others perceive me I’m putting that focus right back into the ways I most am able to live authentically. I think it might be natural to get caught-up in how others might perceive us as, but in actuality I’ve come to learn it serves no one.
And remember; we might even get those perceptions wrong.
Thoughts come from our perceptions, and to know what they can do for us, and equally can do to us is to have a keen self-awareness of ourselves and the world we live in.
I suggest that we stop giving away our self-perceptions to thoughts that are not only are self-limiting, but to all the negatives as well. Let’s not feed our self-perceptions and our identities from others perceptions.
Give rise to the ‘You’ that authentically wants to just ‘Be”.
Take advantage of the freedom of free will and choice in your thinking. Let it be your authentic and genuine thoughts that guide how you perceive the world around you, and how you perceive yourself.
Being mindful that we are absolutely what we think we are.
You might truly find an amazing surprise.