perceptionPerception is everything.

Dogs look at their owners and say, “You love me, you shelter me, you feed me, therefore you must be God!”

Cats look at their owners and say, “You love me, you shelter me, you feed me, therefore I must be God!”

How is it that two people can experience the same event and come away with two completely different opinions.  How is that when there is a car accident there are 10 different accounts of what happened.  It’s perception.

Our perceptions about life are formed through the filters of our experiences.  Those experiences are often neutral in meaning.  But then we choose to add a positive or negative meaning to those experiences and that shapes our perceptions.

Simply put, we decide whether life is good or bad based on how we respond to the events that happen to and around us. Over time, whether we respond in the positive or in the negative becomes our “default mode.”  But you can change your defaults. You can toggle the negative off and toggle the positive on.

Are you adding positive meaning to the events around you or is your default switch stuck in a negative perception mode?

Life is life.  It’s how we add meaning to it that makes all the difference and changes our perception.



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  1. Wow Todd, thank you for sharing. My husband shared the dog/cat analogy with me yesterday and we have spent the past month with our coaches discussing this very thing. Perceptions, interpretations and realizing our view (understanding) is different based on where we are in the “room” of life or how high we are on the “escalator”. We see and hear things differently….not necessarily good or bad, just different. I smiled as I read your post this morning and heard some of the exact same wording we have been using. This doesn’t surprise me, because when you set an intention for anything, God helps you succeed and send the things you need. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a wonderful week.

  2. body{font-size:10pt;font-family:arial,sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;color:black;}p{margin:0px;}Awesome!  I’m going to print this and take it to bunco tonight…before our blessing, I plan to read this….

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