What Do You See?

Optimist Sees Green

The “truly wise person (who) is color blind” described in the quote reminds me of the two kinds of people I know and admire.

  1. I have 2 friends who are, in a way, indifferent to the energies of the people around them. Insensitive is not the right word to describe this quality. Sometimes I wonder if they are aware when someone intends to offend them. What they have in common is that they remain true to their nature regardless of how people respond to them. They’re just happy people, and they have equally positive expectations of the people around them. They’re kind and generous, and they seem to be unaware that there is a world where these virtues sometimes do not exist. And what happy people they are! I wish I am like that, too. Coincidentally, they’re born on May 23rd and 25th. It makes me wonder if it has something to do with the star alignments on their birth.
  2. The other set of people are the great leaders I know at work. They have one thing in common — they have a vision and an energy that seem to be indifferent to the naysayers and even to the compliments of their “followers”. For sure they have their moments of doubt and they have egos that thirst for recognition, but what they consistently project is an enthusiastic energy, bigger-than-life infectious positivity, that has nothing to do with the emotions of the people around them. They affect, instead of being affected. And that’s what makes them great leaders, in my opinion.

I like this quote because it reminds me of how crucial perspective is in shaping the quality of one’s life. We can choose what we see, and how we see impacts how we live. To be constantly on the lookout for the green lights is a good goal. But the ultimate goal is to be our authentic selves regardless of what’s around us, to be able to pursue our dreams regardless of whether everyone else believe (or not) that we can. What’s inside is superior to the external circumstances.


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