There’s a well-known fable about the importance of our perspectives. While I’ve been unable to find the original author of the story, I want to share it with you.
One day, a father and his rich family took his young son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They spent a day and a night on the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“Very good, Dad!”
“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.
“And what did you learn?”
The son answered, “I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden; they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden; they have the stars. Our patio reached to the front yard; they have a whole horizon.”
When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless. His son added, “Thanks, Dad for showing me how poor we are!”
I recall being in my gr.10 leadership camp at Colonel By Secondary School when I first read the fable.
It showed me how two people could experience the same events but perceive the situation entirely differently.
Our success, happiness and ability to make an impact on this world all begins with what we focus on.
As you get older and you gain more awareness, you realize that you have a choice in rour perspectives.
You can choose how you see the world.
But this requires you to take responsibility for how unhappy you currently are, and that is far too difficult for most people. Most people are used to externalizing the blame of their unhappiness and continue to live blind to how a simple perspective shift can change everything.
What do you focus on?