“Inside yourself or outside, you never have to change what you see, only the way you see it.” ~ Thaddeus Golas, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment …
The point Thaddeus is trying to make here is that if we want our worlds and our lives to improve, nothing has to change but the way we look at them, for this change in perspective can help us to make positive and meaningful changes in the way we live our lives. A subtle shift in perspective, even a minor one, can help us to see that even in the midst of troubles and strife, the world is what it is, and the way we look at it determines how we feel about it.
This idea reminds me of something Emerson wrote along the lines of what would happen if we were to pack our bags and move to Venice in order to improve our lives–our surroundings would change, but soon we would discover that we brought along the same old person. We may live in the place we dreamed of, but we would still see life and its situations in the same ways. How we see our lives and ourselves determines how we live those lives.
So how do we go about changing how we see life? First, we should recognize who we are at this moment, and accept ourselves without judgment. After we can do this, we can start to look at the world differently, with a sense of clarity and gratitude that allows us to see and appreciate the beauty of life–for we often do not bother to see life with eyes wide open because we are too busy or too distracted.
If we wish to allow positive change in our lives or the ways in which we live them, it must come in the way we see our world and ourselves. And if we want to see improvements in our lives, we must first see the beauty and the gifts in the world we live in, and truly appreciate them. By improving the way in which we see the world, the world around us inherently improves.
Take a moment to look at the world around you and yourself in a positive light.
Questions to consider:
In what ways do you still look at the world or at yourself in negative ways?
What are some things you can do to truly improve your view of yourself?
Why is it more important to change how we see things than to change what we see?
For further thought:
“The great lesson from the true mystics is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.” ~ Abraham Harold Maslow, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature