Perspective- By Inder
So it’s officially 6 weeks since the start of 2013… how are you feeling ? The top New Year’s resolutions tend to involve health and spending more time with friends and loved ones. I made a resolution to not make any resolutions which seems to be working out ok !
I did come across this short story this week that reminded me of the following: we are not in control of our future however we are in complete control of our choices in the present moment. Our choices and behavior are affected by our perspective, hope this fable reminds you of some simple truths as it did for myself and helps shape your desired reality….
Just outside a small village, on a hot day, an old man is
sitting by the roadside. Soon, a traveler from another village
stops to rest.
“Old man,” says the traveler, “What are the people like in
The old man asks the traveler, “What are the people like in
“They are mean-spirited, vindictive, and selfish.”
“Ah…” sighs the old man. “I am sorry to say the people in
this village are also mean-spirited, vindictive, and selfish.”
A while later, another traveler stops to rest and he, too,
asks the old man what the people are like in this village.
The old man responds as before, “What are the people
like in your village?”
The traveler smiles warmly and says, “They are the most
caring people I have ever known. They are warm, open,
and will go out of their way to help you if you are ever
The old man smiles back and says, “The people in this
village are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.
They are warm, outgoing, and kind.”
The irony of the story is that, not only were both travelers
going to the same village, both were also coming from
the same village. Each traveler found the old man’s description
to be true because each traveler saw the world
from his own perspective.
The way each traveler thought directly affected his
impressions of the people he attracted and those with
whom he interacted. His perspective shaped his reality.