Saturday, August 04, 2007

Personal Perception

Different people have different perception. Somehow, everyone have the tendency of viewing the world differently. If everybody sees things similarly, then there won’t be different opinions in this world.

However, what you perceive is in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs. People who look through keyholes are apt to get the idea that most things are keyhole shaped. One man's meat could be another man's poison.

"Two men look out a window. One sees mud, the other sees the stars." - Oscar Wilde

"The reality of life is that your perceptions - right or wrong - influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place." - Roger Birkman

Let's take a look at this story

A couple bought a donkey from the market.

On the way home, a boy commented, "Very stupid. Why neither of them ride on the donkey?" Upon hearing that, the husband let the wife ride on the donkey. He walked besides them.

Later, an old man saw it and commented, "The husband is the head of family. How can the wife ride on the donkey while the husband is on foot?" Hearing this, the wife quickly got down and let the husband ride on the donkey.

Further on the way home, they met an old Lady. She commented, "How can the man ride on the donkey but let the wife walk. He is no gentleman." The husband thus quickly asked the wife to join him on the donkey.

Then, they met a young man. He commented, "Poor donkey, how can you hold up the weight of two persons. They are cruel to you." Hearing that, the husband and wife immediately climbed down from the donkey and carried it on their shoulders. It seems to be the only choice left. Later, on a narrow bridge, the donkey was frightened and struggled. They lost their balance and fell into the river.

(Source: Internet; Author unknown)

You can never have everyone praise you, nor will everyone condemn you. Never in the past, not at present, and never will be in the future. Thus, do not be too bothered by others words if your conscience is clear.

Although, you can uphold to your own personal perception, do remember others may see things differently because of their different teachings and upbringing. Let’s learn to tolerate one another views. What do you think?

Photo 1 by lulugaia taken from this source
Photo 2 by lesbrenda taken from this source

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Water Learner said...

Hi Sam!

Yes, having the right perception is so very important! I think therefore I am! What we perceive will very very significantly affect the paths of our life.

Thanks for this once again wonderful collection and writeup!



WalksFarWoman said...

Great story Sam. The extreme of course is that some people do nothing at all rather than be judged which is equally sad.

In today's society we have learned to accept or at least tolerate so much yet we still have a long way to go. Keeping writing Sam, you're making a difference. :)

Sam Chan said...

Hi Water Learner,
That's right... what we perceive will very very significantly affect the paths of our life.

For an example, since your perception is not so good to use real name, I think I should respect your choice and address you as Water Learner :-)

Thanks for your comment.
I really value your participation. Best Wishes to you!

Sam Chan said...

Hi WalksFarWoman,
Very true, we still have a long way to go.. an increase of hostility among different groups of people. This is really a very sad thing for all generations to come!

Thanks for your kind and motivating words. I am glad that you liked my blog.

Best wishes to you!

mr fong said...

Hi Sam.......Have to learn to be appreciative of your own views, but also of other's views. Ah even if it is different from ours.

Take care Mr Chan.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Mr Fong,
That's right! We have to learn to uphold our own views and at the same time be opened to consider other's views even though it differ from ours.

Anyway, this is only applicable to human perception. When it comes to the Word of God, it is very important to obey God rather than man!

Thanks for your continued support!
Best Wishes

jennifer said...

Hi Sam...


If only we would learn to accept the perspectives of others we would feel more at peace, and the world would BE more at peace!

VERY nice Sam... thanks for this,


Sam Chan said...

That's very true! If only we would learn to accept the perspectives of others... this world will be much much more peaceful!

Thanks Jennifer for adding your great insight.

Best Wishes

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