Reality of perception

Reality of perception

Every journey is unique in its own way.

Sometimes it also depends upon how we travel.

One day I was travelling on a train from the coast of the Arabian sea to the coast Bay of Bengal i.e. from Mangalore to Chennai.

I am not used to travel by train but my friends always tell it’s more fun because we get to meet different people. Little did I know how true it was and unique this experience would be.

I was sitting near the window seat, Listening to “Dance monkey” through my new skull candy red earphones.

As I was seeing through the window it was like switching channels on television, I could see different types of people doing different things

Some playing, some fighting on the terrace, some washing vehicle, some washing buffaloes, some waiting in their vehicles frustrated. I also saw a funeral procession. Usually, I don’t like attending funerals, It’s difficult for me to see people in pain.

I recollected the funeral which I went long time ago, that person died because of high diabetes.

After the burial, they usually give snacks and juice.

It’s ironic that in restaurants we get fresh lime water to wash hands but we drink artificial bottled lime juice which has a fancy branding to it and guess what????

It’s filled with sugar and people are happily drinking it after the funeral. They just bid adieu to a person who lost his life because of excessive sugar yet Knowing the reality they choose to take more sugar into their body, thinking nothing will happen to them.

 People respond to their own perception, not the reality

I moved away from the window, stopped the music and started reading the book Inner engineering from Sadhguru

In one of the station, a lady boarded the train she was in her mid 50’s,

She sat next to me, she was reading a book written in Tamil.

Then another passenger boarded the train he was in his late 20’s

He was sitting in his seat number 34 opposite of that lady.

After a while one of the fans stopped working, It was getting hot and he tried to check what was wrong but couldn’t fix the problem

 I tried most innovative, unique and creative thing which no one thinks about.

I switched OFF and ON the switch

3 times and guess what???

It didn’t work. I just hope no one noticed.

He was grumbling and mumbling, started to call the Railway service number and complain about the condition of the fan, the windows not clean, no water supply. Isn’t it annoying to see him find mistakes in every small thing?

This lady gave him a pen, she didn’t know English so she just made a gesture and said just turn the blades of fan it will work.

 “I am an engineer this won’t work, you don’t know the working behind it “, he said with arrogance

But still, she insisted, he took the pen passed it through the grills of fan and just gave a tap to the blades and guess what she was right, the fan was working again. It was not just a tap on the blades of fan it was also a knock on his head for his arrogance. He felt ashamed of his behaviour, his ego was hurt, he sat quietly.

Sometimes when we dive too much into logic we choose to see what we want to see we restrict ourselves when we think we know better than the other.

We get blinded by what we believe in and don’t consider other possibilities. 

 Have you observed similar thing happen in your life??

Most of the times we are in a situation where we choose to see what we want to see.

Sometimes what you see is not important, how you see it is important.

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