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Have you ever noticed how the way you perceive a situation makes it reality to you? Right or wrong, that’s just the way it is. And it’s true for everyone.
But what if your perception is inaccurate? Does that mean your reality is inaccurate too? And if so, how can you fix that?
I experienced a false reality recently when my mind played tricks on me. Because I expected a certain situation to be something it wasn’t, I convinced myself through little “clues” that my expectation was reality — nearly to the detriment of others.
Fixing that false reality involved long, uncomfortable conversations and feelings of uneasiness. I had to deal with the root of the problem in order to face it and get beyond it. Then I had to retrain my mind to see situations for what they truly were, instead of what my storybook mind wanted to create them to be.
Was it an easy process? Absolutely not. But I’m better for it. And those around me are better for it too.
How about you? What false reality have you gripped onto that you need to step back, assess, face, and retrain your mind about? Although unpleasant, it’s worth the process, because the best reality is accurate reality.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"