As a Forty Plusser I read many books and articles about wisdom. I find it really intriguing. One of the subjects that fascinates me is Perceptions of the individual about all aspects of life.
Perception is the way you think about or understand someone or something.
We both see a bee. You see a wonderful sign of nature. I see terrifying pain and want to run! All people are different from one another. So naturally our perception will sometimes differ as well.
As a Forty Plusser I try to live my life through my own lenses.
We think that we are viewing life through a camera lens.
Perception is how you see yourself. How do you see others? How do others see you? Do you take action based on your own needs or is your behaviour dependent on how you feel others will view you? At my age I really don’t care what people think of me.
There are many factors that influence people’s perceptions like social economic background, age, expectations or experience. We also have different perceptions due to differences in our gender. When you as a person perceive life as good, you have a greater degree to happiness than someone who perceives it as bad.
Before a person can learn something, perception must first take place, that is to say. He must be able to observe one or more of his senses. Usually one should hear or see it. After that, it must be interpreted as perceived. Essentially, perception means interpretation. Lack of experience will make a person susceptible to incorrect interpretation of what he sees or hears. Perception therefore represents our sensation of a current situation in terms of our previous experience.
Immanuel Kant striked this truth strikingly: “We do not see things as they are, but as we are.”
Meeting new People:Perception of life is not a static thing. A person’s perceptions can change, based on your current reality. I usually perceive people based on first impressions, but sometimes I get it totally wrong. Note to myself – rather get to know the person first!! For example: A Narcissist’s true colours only shows after you become to know him over the years. So my perception that people are all good human beings is so wrong.
Money: So you have this perception that your life will be better and perfect if you have lots of money? You will soon realise that you need happiness and peace, not money. Before you know it you will run backwards spending all your money you earned to get happiness and peace.
Perception based on social norms: Try not do judge anyone on anything because we all have our own stories. DON’T JUDGE. As a Forty Plusser I’m hardly effected by social norms. I am so over it. I have nothing to proof anymore! Remember, someones elses perception of you is irrelevant. Never let someones perception of you become your reality.
How you perceive your world influences your attitude, which in turn affects what you attract. If you perceive a world of abundance, your actions and attitude attract abundance. Those who continuously perceive life as a struggle have a tendency to find problems in every situation. In contrast you can have the perception that there is a solution for every problem – it is your perception that enables you to discover it.
Your mind is like a garden which needs to be worked on and watered every day. Negative perceptions are like weed and positive perceptions are like a beautiful flower. But shifting someone’s perception takes time. I you see the proverbial glass as half empty, start considering it half full.
|Negative perception (example)||Positive perception(example)|
|I hate getting up early for work||I have a job with an income|
|I wish I had a more toned body||I am healthy!|
|I am so lonely||Let’s explore life!|
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception”. Aldous Huxley
“Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. You can’t put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do you hair with any sort of fun or joy if you’re doing it from a position of correction” Kevyn Aucoin