Your perception is your reality; it is how you believe the world exists and is defined. You live your life based on this perception, you make choices based on this perception, and you react based on this perception. Only the strongest among us realizes this consciously. The rest of us, plod along thinking our perception is reality not only of ourselves but of everyone around us….as if our perception is the only one among the earth’s inhabitants. This belief results in a “waking state of sleepwalking”. We are not physically sleeping, yet we are stuck in a state of repetitive behavior which is as if we are not thinking at all, “just going through the motions”, in essence “wakeful sleep walking”.
I submit to you that when we truly wake up and realize that there is beauty all around us in the form of other minds with thoughts, beliefs, values, and dreams and other ways of seeing the world…that our own personal worldly view is not the only one out there…we become cognitively aware. Other people have other perspectives, and if we as a living, breathing, wakeful individual can pause and realize we may not have the only view on the world, then the ability to make real, impactful change is in the palm of our hands.
The comical part of this is that many reading this, including myself, will say that is a childish, simplistic thought. Yet when in the process of living life, we fail to realize this at the time we need to. We fail to put into practice the simple and obvious methods that would make each of us wildly successful in our chosen field….whether it’s in business, in science, in athletics, or in our personal relationships with those we love most.
It is the classic “other mind” problem. Is it a problem? Absolutely not. Yet it is an arena that needs to be understood to make contact, create awareness, lead change, and foster the things most important in our own individual life.
We must recognize that what is important in our own individual life is as much affected by how we see the world as how we realize others see it. What is THEIR perception?