Perception is how we understand things after knowing about the situation/incident/event. Perception is basically the output of your thought process after analyzing the input which here is information about any event.
When I say event it can be any event -
Basically, anything which increases the entropy of universe can be called an event.
Generally, information about the event is same, but why do different people have different perception about that event?
The Reason why I want to talk about perception is because it plays an important role in our life and we tend to almost ignore it. We ignore the fact that the way we perceive things might not be the way things are. Our beliefs, culture and many other biases come in the way when looking at an event and try to understand it. Wrong perceiving of the event might sometimes lead to negative emotions. I got into thinking that how can I change my lens(Perception thought process) to avoid generally all negative emotions which might make me sad.
Incident 1 — A person cuts you off in the traffic
Perception 1 — That $%#$%$%#$%! don’t know how to drive
Perception 2 — (S)he must be in an emergency situation and may have to reach somewhere quickly. I have no reason to be angry here.
Incident 2 — An uber cab driver behaves rudely
Perception 1 — It was my bad day that I landed in this Uber, I will definitely rate this guy 1 star.
Perception 2 — Sitting and Driving all day is a boring and frustrating Job, I should be thankful to him for doing this job and taking the pain. Little blabbering can be ignored given that pain that person is going through daily (I am not saying every driver hates their job, just trying to make a point here).
You see generally you always have a choice whether to get affected by that incident or let it pass. I know this is a tough thing to do when things don’t work your way.
I am doing this conscious effort to make sure I have a positive perception of events in life. Also, please note here I am not talking about letting people pass when they cheat or betray you that, just incidents which doesn’t affect you much like mentioned above.
Also, I always keep these in mind which is very helpful in having a positive perception about things-
Almost every stranger, co-worker, friend, acquaintance, fling, customer service representative, driver, waiter, customer, client, neighbor, and person on the internet you come across: