Royce Shook

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How do you see the world?

This was sent to me by a friend of mine, the author is unknown so if someone knows who wrote this, let me know so I can give them credit. This story is a reminder that how we see the world is something that we can control. So take control and hopefully start to see the world as a positive place.

Sometimes l just want it to stop. Talk of COVID, protests, looting, brutality. l lose my way. I become convinced that this "new normal “ is real life.

But then I meet an 87-year-old who talks of living through Polio, diphtheria, Vietnam, protests and yet is still enchanted with life

He seemed surprised when l said that 2020 must be especially challenging for him. "No", he said slowly looking me straight in the eyes, " I learned a long time ago to not see the world through the printed headlines, I see the world through the people that surround me. l see the world with the realization that we love big. Therefore, l just choose to write my own headlines.

"Husband loves wife today. "

"Family drops everything to come to Grandma's bedside." He patted my hand “Old man makes new friend”

His words collide with my worries, freeing them from the tether I had been holding tight. They float away. I am left with a renewed spirit. My headline now reads “woman overwhelmed by the spirit of kindness and the reminder that our capacity to love is never-ending “

How do you see the world?

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Royce Shook

1 year ago #3

John and Mohammed, thank you for your responses. When I first read this it gave me pause for thought and I was, provoked to think about my own responses to the current situation. Hopefully, this will give others pause as well.

John Rylance

1 year ago #2

My thoughts are well and truly provoked. Time to remove the rose tinted glasses and re-enter the real world again after lockdown. It is like coming out of hibernation, and facing the changes that have occurred. So far safe and sound and virus free. Long may it continue.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

1 year ago #1

Thought-provoking post :) We ought to observe, perceive and feel the verities of life, our intimate surroundings, and then reciprocate with refreshing thoughts. If we fail to do so, then we are dull creatures, with too many phobias, and as if engulfed between our mechanical and virtual worlds. Being forgetful of our busy, hectic lives, let’s live, with all goodness that makes us happy.

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