Sunday, 16 January 2011

Perspective

Consider walking into a clothing store that sells clothing that you don`t typically wear.  Initially, you don't want to buy anything.

BUT!  What if you were trapped in that store indefinitely (perhaps because there was a snow storm that rendered all shoppers unable to leave, or because of some other such unlikely reason)?  All of its inventory becomes your only lot to choose from.  At some point, would *something* start to look relatively`wearable`?

I say 'yes'.  You can't be equally as disinterested in every item in the store.  At first, you dismiss them all, but eventually for some reason (such as boredom), you begin to carefully examine each item, and realize that there are degrees to your disinterest.  That point may come sooner for some, and never for others...

I think this idea can be applied to situations in life that we put ourselves in (such as jobs, or schools).  We may walk into these situations that, when fresh, we realize we don`t like, but after some time, if trapped in it, we start to see some good in it.  We are, after all, taught to find the good in things; that every cloud has a silver lining.

Sometimes we get trapped for so long that we forget our initial instinctive reactions to it.  Consideration of visiting other "stores" begins to happen decreasingly often.  We find contentment in what relatively satisfies us, and no longer strive for what independently does, in and of itself.  And worst of all, we continue on in the delusion that this 'relative' sort of happiness is all that is attainable.  Perhaps all the other stores are only equally as good, or worse.  Perhaps I have already stumbled upon the best store.

Why?  Fear, I imagine.  Fear of the unknown.  This store may not be filled with all of my favourite items, but at least I know everything inside it.

Well, everyone, I have recently remembered what all of my favourite stores are.  Time to go shopping!
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