each of us has our own window of perception – how we believe the world to be. that perception of reality is based on what our experiences have been up to now, this moment. anytime along the way, we have the opportunity to change those perceptions to love, compassion and integrity, but only if and when we’re ready to hear and understand them.
i am close to someone who’s window of perception is closed, locked and nailed shut. it’s covered with dirt and grime and soot from experiences held onto with every bit of determination musterable. firmly held past beliefs that life is miserable and everyone is out for themselves and nothing good can come of life. this, understandably, perpetuates an enormous body of pain, both physically and mentally, that appears endless.
life doesn’t have to be painful. it can have moments of difficulty, frustration, uneasiness, confusion. all these feelings pass in time. the upset a week or a year ago is never the same level of intensity and emotion. all things pass, as george harrison sang. and it’s true. what we learn in this lifetime is not to take so many things so seriously, but to take everything as it comes, with as much ease as we can muster. watch your dog, your cat, your child. imitate and emulate. when we make a conscious choice to clear our window of perception, scrape away the paint that keeps it stuck and begin to crack open the barrier to truly living, we find color and fragrance and beauty in everything. in Everything.