What You SEE Is What You GET

It’s election day here in Ontario, Canada.

Much has been in the news lately about taxes, the high cost of living, how much money has been poured into healthcare and education, and whether or not that has been effective.

Campaign speeches and sound bites have been filled with information coloured by perspectives and fuelled by political parties – all in an effort to persuade Ontario voters as to who should be in power, and who should be out.

This whole process has gotten me thinking about how much our personal outlook affects the way we INTERPRET what we see around us – in all aspects of our lives.

LOOK at what is happening around YOU.

Do you see AWESOME or EVIL?

Do you notice BEAUTIFUL fall colours on the trees or do you just see a bunch of DEAD LEAVES on the ground?

Do you pile those leaves up so people can PLAY in them for a while or do you just shove them into a bag and COMPLAIN about the extra work?

People’s answers always intrigue me because while one person sees wonder and beauty, and another person sees misery and disaster, they are BOTH looking at the SAME WORLD.

What you CHOOSE to look for is usually based on what you EXPECT to find.

Focussing on the “positives” in life does not eliminate the “negatives” in life. However, by focussing your attention on one viewpoint, you minimize the RELEVANCE of its opposite.

Plus, what you choose to look at sure as heck has a bearing on what kind of day you have. If you don’t believe me, test it out for yourself.

How do you feel – physically and emotionally – when you concentrate on details of the most recent highway fatality statistics, the level of our national debt, or current unemployment rates ?

Compare that with how you feel – physically and emotionally – when you look for examples of good news, thoughtful acts of kindness, and the people in your life who are going after their dreams.

Which focus leaves you feeling upbeat, energized and hopeful? Which focus leaves you feeling depressed, tired, and with an overwhelming sense of “what’s the use”?

The way I figure it, I have two choices.  I can think about, and therefore blog about, statistics on crime and the latest natural disaster. OR, I can talk about, and blog about, inspiring things I see happening around me.

I’m sure you can guess where I tend to point my focus. Here is what I am concentrating on today…

I got an email that included the picture of my friend’s newborn granddaughter (thanks, Kathy!)

I just found out that my wonderful niece is purposely reading The Beginner’s Guide to Chick Night in crowded coffee shops and telling everyone who will listen that her favourite aunt wrote it (thanks, Candace!)

Three of my former radio colleagues have successfully tapped into their creativity in the following ways:

  • Sean Barrette has written, recorded, and released his first CD, Live Through This.
  • Steve Jones has written and published a book entitled Brand Like A Rock Star.
  • Scott Overton has written a book and landed a book deal for publication in 2012.

Depending upon where we look, we all have the choice to be INSPIRED or DEPRESSED by what the world has to offer.

Personally, I choose to see the things that INSPIRE me.

How DO YOU CHOOSE to see the world?

Talk soon.

Colleen

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2 responses to “What You SEE Is What You GET

  1. Inspiration is the healthiest outlook but we shouldn’t ignore the unpleasant as it has importance that needs to be shared to encourage healing, change, etc.

    I’m 58, so I have a different perspective but cheerfulness usually breaks through.

    By the way, Bonnie’s Mom and I are theatre going buddies and she told me about your site. I have been writing stories etc for a couple of months on mine and starting to get into the mindset of a writer.

    Congrats on your book!

    Liz

    • Hi Liz,

      Any friend of Betty Blair Smith’s is a friend of mine. Glad you two do your own version of Chick Night.

      Thank you for the perspective. You are right that we can learn from everything around us – whether we perceive it as “good” or “bad”.

      Enjoy blogging, and especially enjoy growing as a writer. Such fun!

      Colleen

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