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How We See the World

I’m a fan of the show The Big Bang Theory. It’s absolutely hilarious, and being somewhat of a nerd, I get a kick out of a lot of the humor in the show. At the end of each episode, Chuck Lorre, the show’s creator, briefly puts up vanity cards. They generally contain a paragraph or less of text, and they flash on the screen for about a second. You need to DVR the show or watch DVDs and pause the program to read them, but they’re usually hilarious, or poignant, or completely random. He’s done this with most of the shows he has created. I thought one of his more recent ones was particularly awesome:


I’ve been told that if you change your mind, you change the world – or at least the way you experience it. Let’s take a moment to examine that. The presumption is, if you thought the world was a hostile, ugly place filled with awful people doing awful things, that is what you’d see. Your mind would naturally seek out confirmation for its preconceived ideas (e.g., if you’re intent on buying a red car, as you go about your day you’ll see lots of red cars). If, however, you were able to sincerely change your mind and see that we are all God in drag, that we are the conscious aspects of a perfect universe which had to create us so we could bear witness and stand in awe before its loving magnificence, then that is the soul-shaking reality you’d be greeted with each and every moment of each and every day. In other words, it is entirely our choice as to what kind of world we live in. With a simple decision, we can suffer in the darkness or play in the light. We can be angry, frightened and enslaved, or loving, joyous and free.

I know. It’s a toughie.

People sometimes ask me how I’ve been able to deal with facing some of the challenges I’ve faced and come out with a positive attitude. I think Lorre has summed it up perfectly. It’s because I’ve chosen to have a positive attitude, which is certainly not always an easy thing to do. Everybody gets down on themselves at one time or another, and it’s very easy to fall into the trap of having negative experiences and beginning to focus on the negative things. But it’s also possible to let the negative things go after expressing anger or frustration, focus on the positive things, and then life begins to appear more bright.

A toughie indeed.

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