Kahlil Gibran said “The appearance of things change according to the emotions, that’s we see magic and beauty in them, the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.”
What do you think he meant by that? Does he mean the world is a beautiful place and we only think beautiful thoughts? Does he mean there is no bad in the world? It gives us a little something to think about doesn’t it.
If you can think about this… it’s a sunny day, beautiful blue sky, birds singing. It’s hard to believe that you could think anything negative about that. But for one person it could be interpreted as a hot sticky day, no breeze blowing and a bunch of noisy birds that won’t shut up. This person could be in a bad mood. They could have lost their job the day before, a broken relationship, or they just woke up didn’t like what they saw in the mirror.
Whilst on the other hand someone woke up, perhaps they did some exercises to limber up, they had a delicious breakfast, and they are in awe that it is such a splendid morning with a beautiful blue cloudless sky, a gentle warm sun and sweet bird song.
Perhaps that person got a promotion at their job, got a new client for their business, just met someone that they know will be special relationship, and are generally just feeling good about themselves.
Same day, same circumstances just interpreted in two different ways because of the way the people are feeling.
It’s the same phenomena as when we are doing something boring and an 8-hour day seems like 24 hours. While, if we are with friends and doing something and enjoyable an 8-hour day can seem like the hours just flew by.
Same amount of time has passed, it’s just our perception. The state of our emotions.
So this is what I believe Kahlil Gibran was speaking about. Emotions affect perception.
So what can we do about this? Are we a slave to our emotions. No choice. That’s just how we feel?
I don’t think so. We can control to some degree, how things look to us; how we react to them.
Principle 1 is we have a conscious choice how we react to things in our outer and inner world.
Principle 2 is the power of discipline.
We have the power to control ourselves. Our feelings. We can be on a downward spiral, but often if we catch ourselves in time, we can stop the feeling of misery, bad mood, self dislike. Sometimes it comes on us unexpectedly, and I am speaking from my experience too, but if we can become aware of what’s happening, we can often ourselves out of the muck and mire.
It does take discipline because we can get so totally into down feelings that in a perverse way we almost enjoy it and it multiplies. That’s a really bad thing.
We have to use discipline just say stop… Stop it right now… This isn’t helping anything.
Sometimes we do need professional help to pull ourselves up, but in this case I’m speaking of a lesser degree of feeling bad. If we need help, don’t be afraid to get it, that takes a bit of discipline too.
The third point, I feel, is gratitude. It takes work sometimes, but no matter how miserable we are feeling, look for something good. Those noisy birds that are making all that racket singing, might be a really nice colour of birds. There’s something good, we just have to find it and be grateful for it.
That’s how the appearance of things can change according to our emotions. The things themselves don’t change. They are as they are and they stay as they are. But we change. We find that little drop of good to be grateful for. And as we put more feeling and love into it, that drop of good can turn into a shower of goodness. All because we made a choice that we were going to find this magic and beauty within ourselves instead of depending on it coming from outside. We exercised the discipline to push past our gloominess of mind, until we did it.
Then we looked for that tiny little seed of something to be grateful for. No matter how minuscule inconsequential it seemed, we found something… We persisted until we found something to be grateful for, and it expanded, end bit by bit we felt a little better. We found that magic and beauty that’s been buried in ourselves all along.
That was possibly a big job but we did it.
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“The appearance of things change according to the emotions, and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves. ”
Can you see it? We have the power to change our moods, how we feel, how we see things… We’re not helpless. We’re not subject to the Fates. We have a choice. Might be easy, it might be hard to change but we have a choice, and with discipline and a feeling of gratitude we can move forward.
What do you think? When your day your week, your month goes really badly what are your favourite methods to turn things around? You can’t stay miserable forever. How do you overcome it? How do you dig find the magic and beauty within yourself, however you express magic and beauty.
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