“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, the old adage goes. I would dare say, that it isn’t just beauty, but everything that is in the eye of the beholder. As the beholder of your own life, how are you viewing it?
Last night I had an experience that brilliantly illustrates how one situation can be viewed differently depending on the attitude of the ‘beholder’.
I was enjoying a lovely walk at dusk, enjoying the fresh air, marveling at the gorgeous moon and clear skies. Suddenly, I heard a sound that crows make: rattle or comb call.
Since I live in an area with abundant tall trees, we have a huge assortment of birds and the crows often live at the tops of the tallest trees. I recognized the rattling call, looked around to see where the crows might be, and saw a single crow flying toward me about 20 feet in the air while cawing.
Knowing that everything has consciousness, I smiled at the crow and said hello. I let the crow know I was happy to see it. The crow circled over me cawing to his friends, who quickly joined him. Stopping on the sidewalk, I greeted them all and expressed my appreciation for the visit. You might think this was crazy, unless you had experienced it yourself, but the birds seemed very happy that I was acknowledging them.
I’m guessing they have enough people ignoring them throughout the day, so it probably was very fun to have a non-threatening human actually *see* them.
As I started walking again, the three birds flew with me—above, to the right and left—flying from tree to street lamp to tree ahead of me. As I caught up, they flew to the next one. I smiled at the way they were clearly “playing” with me and enjoying it as much!
So it went down this residential street, and toward the end I saw a little girl with her father. The girl seemed scared when she saw the birds, and ran to her father’s side. The father saw me with the crows flying about and said, “Oh, I hate these birds! They are so aggressive…” He may have said more, but I was still walking.
I smiled at the father and said, “Oh…I think they are just having fun and want to play!”
To which he replied, “Yeah, well they play all over my car every night and leave it a mess!”
Just then, I noticed that the birds had stopped playing with me as I passed this man’s house. I know that my pets are sensitive to the energy of humans, so it’s not hard to believe that the birds knew the man did not appreciate them or delight in their games of flight.
This man was so convinced of his story that the birds were a menace. Yet, living in the same neighborhood, I view them as joyful wild playmates. Same experience, yet one saw a reason to be angry, the other saw a reason to be joyful. Which one of us is right?
Both of us are. From our respective and unique vantage points, we each see what we see…driven by the story we are telling ourselves (this is good or bad, right or wrong, etc.). Through the universal Law of Attraction, we are always drawing to us more and more examples that we are right about the stories we’ve been carrying.
The good news is that we can change our story at any time and start experiencing something new.
Right now, I don’t know anyone who isn’t dealing with some hardship or difficulty in their life. Whether it’s health, relationships or prosperity, we are all working on improving some aspect of our lives. How we see our life and how we handle our hardships is directly affected by the stories we are telling about those experiences.
So that leads to an important question: Are you finding a reason to be angry or joyful about your life? Share your thoughts below in the comments.
P. S. After passing that man’s house, I kept walking and the crows caught up with me to resume the game a few houses down the road.
Image credit: “The Twa Corbies” (The Two Crows),
by English illustrator, Arthur Rackham