“A Thief or Maybe Not”
“Once a man found that his axe was missing, and suspected his neighbor’s son of having taken it. Observing the youth walking around, the man was convinced that his was the walk of a thief. The youth looked like a thief and talked like a thief; everything he did pointed to his having stolen the axe.
Then one day the man happened to find his missing axe. After that, he noticed his neighbour’s son wasn’t behaving like a thief anymore.” (Lieh-tzu)
How many times have we looked at people and automatically developed an image of who they are and what characteristics that person has? How can we do that? Experience? Gut feeling?
Isn’t every person unique in their own way? Don’t we owe it to others to look at them without judging them initially? Look at it from their side – how are you perceived the first time they see you? Think about this: “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 remember to “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” (Wayne Dyer)