Perception Is Reality: It’s not just cheezy corporate lingo anymore

by Rebecca A. Watson on December 4, 2009

in balance, friends, life, perception

People that spend time with me know that I keep a notebook in my purse at all times. I use this sometimes to write down directions, books that might interest me and movies that I should see.

But what I do with it more often is write down what people say — things that strike me as funny. If I write something down and you said it, usually it’s a compliment. But once in a while I’m secretly making fun of you. This is one of the joy of being friends with, coworkers with or anyone that spends a lot of time with a writer.

I read an old entry recently:

A boss of mine (I won’t say her name, but I’ll bet some of you can guess) said “I was in the break room heating up some oatmeal and someone said ‘Blah blah blah’ to me. I couldn’t remember who said it because I am so self-absorbed.”

Now, she could have meant that she was absorbed in her own thoughts at that moment. But because she used the present tense, I took it to mean that, well, she is pretty self-absorbed. And that amused me at the time.

Last week I was reading my horoscope. That may seem a bit cheesy, but the guy I like is nationally syndicated and quite clever. He’s a good writer and happens to be dead-on in my case. Or has been for the past three years. He is part of the reason I am not an unhappy wife with children right now.

(I can’t help but endorse him: Robert Breszny–Free Will Astrology. Check him out. Very into optimism!)

My horoscope said that my superpower was the ability to change myself. If, for instance, I was tired of being surrounded by poor listeners and flaky collaborators, I should decide to transform that pattern in my life.

Over the past few weeks I noticed my writing has been heavy with frustration over the fact that some people who have come into my life recently have been really self-absorbed. I was feeling sorry for myself about how no one is listening and everything is so one-sided and yadda yadda yadda. It was a regular pity-party to be honest.

Pity Party

But just like how I can read into something my boss said, my perception of how I believe people are is how they will tend to be. So if I can transform myself and my perception, I believe that some of these people will be better listeners and true friends.

In fact, they probably already are. But only by transforming my attitude will they become that way. Oh hell, and if they aren’t…well that line of thinking doesn’t suit me too well. But if they aren’t, then I guess it just helps me to achieve balance in the friendship department. Regardless, here I go trying to grow again!

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