Posts Tagged With 'concepts'

  • Oct
  • 19
  • 2011

The Twisting Of Reality

Posted by Katherine Stott In Thoughts & Concepts | Comments Off on The Twisting Of Reality
The Twisting Of Reality

This morning after dropping the kids at school, I was listening to Gareth Cliff on the radio. I don’t particularly like him Twisting of Reality - Yin Yangor the music he plays, but I do like the fact that he often raises interesting points of discussion. This morning he was chatting about how the actor from Transformers was beaten up outside a nightclub for no particular reason; no doubt by some steroid fuelled gym buddy with a penchant for picking on scrawny men. While I’m not the least bit phased about what happens in said actor’s life, it did get me thinking about our society in general.

So often, we go out into the world and come face to face with these less than desirable people. Those who’s sole mission is to get into a fight, cause chaos, vandalise buildings or create general havoc. Why do they do it? Who knows? But the thought of them made me realise something that could be deemed quite sad. No matter how “at peace” the world is, no matter if there comes a day where guns are banned and crime is no longer a factor… there will always be these sour people who are less than thrilled with life. Those who detest being happy just because to them, it’s a sign of weakness. There will always be this shift of perception, this skewed reality that’s caused by drugs, alcohol, too much adrenaline from too much red meat, steroids and altogether crappy parenting and upbringing. Nothing can ever be just right, or just perfect, not even when it is – if that makes sense?

That also brings me to another thought. Now that I’m on maternity leave I have all this time to do these wonderful things that I’ve been missing out on; like watching my son do karate. I went and sat in on his class yesterday and noted that the first full half hour was simply them discussing concepts. Yesterday they were trying to wrap their heads around the concept of yin and yang, although they never referred to it as that. Their master was trying to explain to these little 8 year old boys that nothing exists without it’s opposite. That we cannot love everything… because there would be no balance created by those things that we hate. We cannot always be happy, because how would we know happiness without first knowing what it is to be sad?

In light of my comments on the twisting of reality; we also can’t always be at peace and live in a world where nothing goes wrong. There will always be that constant push and pull of the yin and yang, the complementary behaviour that one gives to the other. We’d also probably get pretty bored if everything were always peaches and cream. I suppose we always just have to know and trust that everything is as it should be. No matter what the situation. And that poor skinny actor who got beat up, well maybe he was asking for it… but maybe it was also because it led to something greater or more beautiful in his life. Maybe next week you’ll read about him getting engaged to the nurse who tended to his wounds? You just never know… trust. Know. It’s all going to be ok, even alongside the steroid filled junkies.

 

  • Jan
  • 26
  • 2011

Perspective is Like a Cup of Tea

Posted by Katherine Stott In Thoughts & Concepts | Comments Off on Perspective is Like a Cup of Tea
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We decide how we want it to taste, we decide how we want it to look… We make it just the way that we like it, the way that we are used to having it. But certain factors can change the perfect cup of tea; it goes cold from sitting for too long, it tastes weird because the milk is going off… There are many external factors that can influence the final outcome of our fresh brew.
The perspective that we choose to have on life is not far off from the perfect (or sometimes, not so perfect) cup of tea. 
  • We choose how we want it to taste; every experience that we savour is born from our own decisions.
  • We choose how we want it to look; life’s beautiful portrait is ours to paint, with whatever elements of colour and substance we want to have in there.
  • Milky, straight-up, sweet or not; our perspective on life is perfect because it is our own creation.
There are a myriad external influences that impact on our “perfect perspective”… Be it negatively or positively. Friends, family, work, stress, traffic (mmm…. loving that). What we choose to let in to sway our perspective is again, of our own choosing… But then we mustn’t be surprised when the tea is too sweet, or it has that familiar and unwelcome undertone of sour milk.
Sometimes a different taste is a welcome change; sometimes we learn to enjoy our perspective from a different angle until it becomes the norm. And sometimes all we want is what is familiar… even if it is bad for us. In saying all of this, my mom will argue that all we need is a good cup of tea to change our perspective.

Ok, I’m all “analogied out”. Good night, world.


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