I inadvertently trapped one of my cats in my front door the other day, she was fine after an initial squeak of alarm, I hasten to add. Since then I’ve let her in and out a few times without further incident. I share this story because I’ve noticed how her behaviour changed over time.
How she saw things, based on her experience shaped her reactions. Initial reticence to go out, let alone come back in whilst I hovered in the door way, was replaced by a willingness to go out as normal and to return with confidence. The door and its owner giving her no more cause for concern.
How you see things, how you perceive the world and your place in it is a key part of how you cope and your expectations. If the world seems a friendly place then you will likely take an optimistic approach to dealing with others; and believe that all will be well as you go about your business.
If, on the other hand, the world seems a scary place – disasters, terrorist outrages, unhelpful people, then you might have a more pessimistic outlook. Your experience will tell you that things just don’t work out and danger lurks.
I enjoy walking, especially going up in the hills and getting a good view. It makes me feel expanded and literally puts my life into perspective. I become far less significant – within the landscape a mere dot. As my impact on the physical world diminishes, so often do the thoughts that cross my inner landscape. When I have to descend a tricky slope my focus becomes the next step, rather than pondering something someone said or what my life might look like next week and whether I can get there. I’m intent on getting down safely before I let my mind and what has gone before dictate where my focus needs to be. I’m clear where I want to be and I reach it step by step by step.
My perspective expands and contracts depending upon my external and internal environment and how I regard myself in relations to it. As it changes, so do I.
And of course I can always decide whether to walk up the hill in the first place or whether to stay at home and ruminate on the meaning of life!
Over to you…what influences your perspective and how do your reactions change in response to the world? Do leave a reply in the ‘Comment’ below 🙂