“The cup is half full” is a common saying when people discuss perception. And without question, perception means everything. Perception highlights one fundamental Truth that every human being grapples with; the power of choice. You may choose the see the cup half full or half empty and both are accurate assessments. So what happens when your programming has a say in the way you perceive the world?
We all have programming. Programming is how our experiences have shaped us. It start with the programming of your well intentioned care takers as children and onto your school teachers, then your friends and all along the way, your experiences. As children most people are not taught that their caretakers’ perceptions don’t have to be their perceptions. Generally though, people are conditioned to adopt the perceptions of others. Then the question becomes,
Does programming hinder or help one’s perception?
It can really go both ways. Programming handed down from other people is typically through the filter of someone else’s perception. For programming to be a help, one must always ask if the perception sits well with them. Look at life from all angles. Programming can be a vehicle for self knowledge when you use it as a platform for investigating your own curiosities. Programming can be a hindrance when you don’t take the time to understand the world through your own lens. Again, it boils down to the power of choice. Choice is the birth right of everyone who lives and breathes.
My favorite quote is a ‘program’ of Abraham Lincoln’s, “People are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” What a profound place to start investigating your perceptions and a rich place to create a life that is meaningful and joyful.