Thoughts on Perception

Many of the events that we encounter throughout our lives impact the way we view things. Our upbringing impacts the way we view things. Where we live. How we live. It’s called Perception. The perception process begins with the stimuli received from our environment. It ends with our interpretation or understanding of that stimuli. Our emotions, mood, attitude and motive all influence our perception or understanding of something.

What goes through your mind when you smell fresh popped popcorn? With the buttery scent going up your nose? I first think of the movie theaters. Majority of the time when I eat popcorn it is at the movie theaters. So with that experience, that is how I perceive that popcorn scent (stimuli). For someone who is not familiar with the movie theaters, they may not have the same perception of popcorn.

It’s okay to see the world or understand the world differently than other people. That’s what makes us all unique. We all come from many different backgrounds. Many different countries, cities, islands and communities. All those differences influence our perception. It’s no wonder why the world is so diverse.

Laundromat thoughts

As I sit here in the laundromat, with no one around (literally just the owner of the laundromat is here) my mind begins to wander. I can’t seem to remember what life was like pre-covid. Wearing masks and face coverings has literally become the new way of living. Can’t go into a store without one. “No mask, No service” is posted on every business door. Before I walk out my house I think to myself, “cell phone, keys, wallet, MASK. Can’t forget my mask! I can’t get my head wrapped around the fact that this is actually happening.

How has Covid changed your life? Your way of living? Have you adapted to this new normal?

Start your day with a positive attitude

A lot of times I start my day with being annoyed. Annoyed by what?Annoyed with who? No one really. Maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

What if I woke up and stared at the ceiling for a few and say to myself “today is going to be a good day?” Would that change how I would go about my day? From my own personal experience, it does. When starting the day with a positive attitude it makes the day go by smoother. I embrace all the smiles and good mornings as I walk down the street. I respond to those text messages received over night. I feel happy. I am in control of my feelings. What happened yesterday is yesterday’s news. What can I do better today? How can I be better be better today?

It may sound silly but a lot of frustration stems from how we will view our day from the moment we wake up. Tell yourself, I will have a good day. Get up, take a shower, brush your teeth. Look at yourself in the mirror and remind yourself how awesome you are. How fierce you are. Tell yourself “today is going to be a good day.

Start your day with good energy. Good vibes. The way you take on any problems will come from how you view it. Approach a problem for exactly what it is. Think logically for a solution. Think positive!

This is my first blog post. It is not full of all my thoughts and inspirations. I am learning. I am all for feedback and how I can make my posts better. Feel free to fill out the feedback form or go to contact and send me an email. What would you like to read about?

The “over thinker”

I quote the words “over thinker” because no one likes that name. Many of us do in fact “over think”. But what does that really mean anyway?

Clearing your mind before going into deep thought can help with this “over thinking” process. Think about what is actually happening, not what you think might happen. Easier said than done, I know. Take a step back, breathe in deep through your nose and out through your mouth. Think about what’s really happening here. What facts do you have? Are the thoughts you are thinking about your own or influenced by another? What is best for you?

When we “over think” we tend to think about our past. We dwell on things that previously happened which influences our current thought process. Try not to think about what happened 3 years ago. Try to think about what is happening right now. We start thinking about things we have no control over and that’s when the “over thinking” starts.

Let’s think about what we do have control over. What can we actually change. If you change it, will it make things better or worse? Is there a problem you are trying to solve? What are some possible solutions we can come up with based on solid facts?

When I find myself “over thinking” I find something to keep my mind busy. I’m a reader, so I do not mind getting lost in a good book. If I was thinking about something that bothered me, I would go back to that thought after I cleared my mind of everything else. Why does this bother me? How do I really feel?

The truth is, there is no right or wrong way to think. Everyone has their own thought process. When you see someone “over thinking” help them out. You could ask, what do you KNOW about it? How do you FEEL about it? Is there something you could do to change the outcome? Let them vent to you their thought process. Help them navigate to what is actually happening. Help them take control of their thoughts.

Sometimes, we need someone to vocalize our thoughts to. Our thoughts may sound good in our heads but when we actually hear what we have been thinking, it helps clarify the thoughts.

If you could help someone, help them. Offer to listen to them. We all need a little reassurance sometimes. What makes over thinking more critical in my opinion, is when you feel you have no one but yourself to think with. 2 heads are better than 1.