I have come to the conclusion that you mainly see what you want to see or more appropriately, that you see as you are. There’s a story that I always tell myself when it comes to perspective, you may have heard it before, it’s the story of a village that had 2 visitors come in on the same day but at different times. One got into the village with his son and donkey, smiled at the first person he saw, asked for water, the person smiled back and gave him, as they were talking, he noticed something wrong with the villager’s shoes, offered to fix it, he fixed it so well the villager gave him a tip and told people about him. So the visitor who was passing through, got requests to fix a number of shoes, he did what he could with a smile on his face, got goods and money in return and left the village.
A Second villager came into the village with his donkey and son and looked around. Everywhere he looked, he noticed people frowned at him and paid him no mind. He got to the public well, filled his bottles up quickly and left the village.
Coincidentally, both visitors to the village later recounted their experience and impression of the village to the same gentleman. The first visitor said “oh everyone in that village is friendly and generous, they give of themselves and what they have”, the second visitor said “huh? Are we talking about the same village? I found them harsh and unfriendly, I never want to go back there”. To which the gentleman said, “you are both right. The difference between the village you experienced and the village he experienced, is the personality of the person experiencing it. So you smiled and they smiled back! You frowned and they frowned back”…
LOL, why did I tell that long story? It was to say that you generally find what you are looking for and in 2014, I found inspiration almost everywhere I looked and in honour of 2014, I wanted to share 14 inspiring thoughts I found on Facebook and BlackBerry dps. Enjoy:
Shalom! Do I have more than 14 up there? Let’s just say I am feeling generous! Ciao, stay awesome. Attack 2015 with enthusiasm!