Our Eyes are Mirrors
“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry Thoreau
We only see what we know. The term, our eyes are mirrors depicts this idea perfectly. A mirror which reflects our pasts.
The world is filled with opinions. Whether you think that girl or boy is good looking or whether that new jacket looks fashionable or hideous. It all boils down to opinions.
But this is much more than just opinions on material objects. These opinions impact how we treat others and see others. How we see life. And where do our opinions come from? From our past experiences and our upbringings. Our eyes are mirrors.
When we see a child running around recklessly on the train, screaming and laughing, some of us will think “what bad parenting, how can that mother possibly raise her children like that?” and others may think “wow look at that great parenting.” Both of these opinions have been based upon the persons upbringing and personal experiences. The first person may have been raised in a house where running around and causing havoc was not tolerated and resulted in punishment, whereas the second person was raised in a house of freedom, where expressing yourself and breaking a few rules here and there was tolerated. Neither right or wrong, both just different ways of being raised.
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so – William Shakespere
So when we are faced with a situation which brings us to make an opinion or judgement of others, we must remember that our eyes are mirrors. We not only see how another person acts but we are reflecting upon our past experiences and come to a conclusion based on ourselves.
This leads to the question, what do our opinions say about us? If we have negative opinions, then these must stem from somewhere in ourselves. When we are faced in a situation that fills us with emotions of anger or discomfort, we should try and look at ourselves before we make that negative judgement about others. Where does this emotion of anger or discomfort come from? Is it from our childhood? Did we always witness anger from our parents? Have we been conditioned to react in the way we just did?
When we are able to stop and reflect upon ourselves, we can better ourselves which will improve the way we see the world. We will then be able to apply the same way of thinking to the other person, the one which we would have based our negative opinions on before. We can understand that a person only acts as they see the world, based on their opinions. They are merely doing the best that they know of. Does this make it acceptable? Definitely not, however this will help us with controlling our lives and not being controlled by external factors.
Stay Inspired. Stay Laughing. Hy-Power.