Sunday, September 7, 2008

Who Gives Meaning to Your Life?

An old man sat outside the walls of a great city. When travelers approached, they would ask the old man, "What kind of people live in this city?" The old man would answer, "What kind of people live in the place where you came from?" If the travelers answered, "Only bad people live in the place where we came from," the old man would reply, "Continue on; you will find only bad people here."


But if the travelers answered, "Good people live in the place where we came from," then the old man would say, "Enter, for here too, you will find only good people."

A Yiddish Folk Tale

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Every events, situations, people or incidents are as they are. They are neither positive or negative. It is us humans which give the things, events or situations around us their meaning.

Think about it, during a hot, scorching day, a gust of wind is often welcomed. However, during a cold day when you are shivering, a soft breeze prove to be very "fatal" to you.

And if you see it, a wind is a wind, nothing more than that.

It is you who gives life its meaning. Depending on your mood, belief, principles and values the meanings of events around you change accordingly.

What you perceived through your 5 senses are not the truth of the real world, though it may look real to you. And expanding on that, everyone will have within them the "truth" according to their:
  • Past experiences
  • Emotions at the moment
  • Belief system which they build up since young
  • Principles
  • Values
The world which you looked at is not the real world which is out there. You are in fact looking at the world through a pair of tinted, invisible glasses. And due to the different pairs of glasses each and everyone has, we will arrive at different conclusion for the same, exact issue.

For example, when you wear a pair spectacle with yellow tinted lenses and I wear the same exact spectacle but with blue lenses, we will end up seeing the world with two different perspective.

A piece of white paper will appear to be of different colors due to the tinted lenses we had in front of our eyes. So, who is right and who is wrong? Neither of us are! Quite contrary, we are neither right or wrong.

Our past experiences, value and belief systems determine how we want to view the world around us. And until when we have the desire to want to view the world differently, we will always see the world as what we want them to be.

Remember, it is you who give life its meaning. Thus, in order to change the outcomes of the events, people or situations around you, you will have to change the meaning you give to them.

Just a simple alteration of the meaning you give to them, you will start to see life in a total new light.

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