We see things not as they are, but as we are.
– H.M. Tomlinson
I have learned in recovery that if I am bothered by something, the responsibility of that feeling falls on me. I process the world from my own tiny corner of the universe from which the view is quite skewed. I remind myself that if I am displeased or angry, it is my responsibility to adjust my behavior – not force my environment to change on my account. This does not mean that my view is absolutely right. It means that my view is right for me. Similarly, others will have a different view of the same situation that is right for them. Consequently, I must remember not only to respect my own views but that I must respect others' views even if they are different from mine. I can do this and maintain my serenity by being able to disagree without basing my value on my ability to force my beliefs and perspectives on others. What others think, believe, or feel is not my business.
A meditation for January 31, YEAR.
Perspectives – Kutless