Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Amber colored glasses

A few weeks ago I went in for my yearly eye exam. This is routine. Every year I get new glasses. Because I spend so much time on the road, I also get prescription sunglasses. There's nothing exciting about this.

Except that wearing my new sunglasses triggered a thought. Yesterday I had a fantastic lunch with a colleague. The day was so hot that we went into a very cool and dark sushi restaurant for our working lunch. The restaurant has a parking garage that kept our cars cool and dark as well. After an energizing couple of hours we emerged to take on the day. Boy it was bright when we drove out and away. Of course, I had to wear my glasses.

The day was so beautiful I couldn't help but be happy. I ran a few errands and then returned to my office. I was smiling ear to ear as I walked up the entry pathway and I removed my glasses. It turns out that the day was somewhat gray. The tone of my glasses had changed the color of the day. I had not noticed.

What a great metaphor for life. I had gone about happy and inspired in spite of the actual color of the day. These amber colored glasses colored my day, my interactions and my thoughts in a joyful and happy hue. The day was gray, but I didn't notice. Could it be that simple for us? Could it be that we choose to see through a different lens regardless of what is happening? This is not about ignoring reality, but about our perception about it.

Today is a good day to choose to see through a different lens color... one that infuses what you think and what you feel with a more encouraging, uplifting, positive, thankful, trustful, confident and hopeful tone.

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