“The trick is in what we emphasize. We can either make ourselves miserable, or happy. The amount of work is the same.” — Carlos Castaneda
Is your glass half full or half empty? Did you take that person’s comment personally, or did you realize that it probably had nothing to do with you? Does someone else’s good fortune have the little green monster rearing its head, or do you feel happy for them?
It all comes down to how we choose to perceive the world around us.
Much of our default response was imprinted at a very early age, and is, to a degree, parroting the way we were raised. But here’s the good news: We can change anything about ourselves we decide to!
We can allow the past to dictate how we respond to our experiences, or, we can try on a new pair of glasses. It’s not easy; it will require practice. But can you imagine looking through a lens that makes you happy, instead of the default misery you may be used to?