What do you see here? Do you see the profiles of two heads or a vase?
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Wayne Dyer
I love this quote. I had it taped to the top of my desk for years and when I retired I left it taped there for whoever sat next at that desk.
Whenever I read this quote several thoughts always come to mind. One thing I always think about is the figure at the top which depending on whether you see the black or white as figure or ground, changes what you see. In one instance you see the profiles of two heads and in the other, a vase. Try it! (You have to kind of scrunch your eyes up and look sort of sideways....) I saw this about 40 years ago and it still intrigues me.
I have learned that I also have thinking that is often distorted, shifting from one viewpoint to another, often confusing.
My perception of people and events can cause me to feel anxious, hurt, angry, or sad. My thoughts often get me in trouble and I have difficulty changing my focus on my own. I need help. I need other people. I cannot do it alone. Boy, do I hate that idea. I want to do it on my own. BUT...........................I usually can't.
Here is the question:
How do I change my perception of an event, a person, a situation?
Well....... when I need to change my perception, a call to my sponsor or another AA or Alanon friend or talking to a sponsee usually helps. Bumping up the number of meetings I'm attending is a great idea. Reaching out to another alcoholic always changes my thinking.
ALL OF THESE ACTIONS HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE MY PERCEPTIONS.
When I find myself in a place that is hurting or confusing me, I need to take action and shift my perceptions. The things I'm looking at will change when I change the way I'm looking at them.
AND ....... AS ALWAYS........ASK GOD FOR HELP!