Power of Perception
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I am a very optimistic person by nature. I work hard, and I smile and wag my tail at everyone I meet. I am also in a very social job. I feel like I am surrounded by friendly people all the time and I enjoy it.
My sister on the other hand...
She repeatedly makes choices that land her in bad situations. I'm not talking jail or drugs (I hope), but smaller things like forgetting to pay her electric bill for 3 months, then suddenly having to come up with $500 to pay it before her power is shut off...every 3 months.
She is the middle child, and very seldom takes responsibility for anything. It's always someone else's fault or screw up that lands her in her predicament. My parents have repeatedly invited her to move back home with her 3 year old so that they can help her out, and she refuses because she would have to do chores in exchange for rent. She always thinks someone is trying to take advantage of her and uses her. There's always someone she gets into confrontation with every day of the week.
I sit back and I wonder how two people come from the very same household 18 months apart could be so different. But then I read a post on Facebook that really caught my eye. It was a story about two dogs two at different times go into the same room. The first dog comes out happy and wagging his tail. The second dog comes out hair raised and growling. A nearby onlooker notices this and wonders what is in that room that would cause the dogs to have two completely different reactions. Upon inspection she finds the room is filled with mirrors. And when the first dog walked into the room it was greeted by 100 happy dogs. But when the second dog walked into the room he was greeted by 100 angry dogs.
Sometimes you have to be the one willing to smile first. Even if at first your smile is fake, eventually it will become real and you will be able to smile with your eyes and your soul. Sometimes that angry dog is looking for just one friendly face in the crowd to restore its faith in mankind.