By: Christopher A. Pate
This week we will be discussing how perspective can change shape us reality. We live in what is considered an affluent community and right across the street is considered “ the hood.” We pondered how could this occur so starkly and we wanted to share how powerful a belief system in person makes all the difference in the world..
I recall a recent trip to the store in which my son Aiden and myself had a great conversation. We went by the toy aisle and Aiden asked could I buy him two toys. Now, I remember this trick growing up myself, however, I also thought that this could be a great learning opportunity.
We have been learning about financial literacy and responsibility, so I asked Aiden what his contribution to these toys was that he wanted. He said that he had enough for one and I decided to buy the other.
On the way to the counter, I told Aiden about a poverty mentality that expects something for nothing and leads to a sense of entitlement and a lack of self-reliance. I told him that poverty doesn’t have a zip code however, a collection of improverished people could attract each other and form a community.
I took Aiden right across a major street into the city of Chicago. I asked Aiden to look around and tell me what you see. He described the sounds of the city and the lights all around. I said what do you feel, I told me that roads where bumpy and jagged. I explained to Aiden that the people who lived in this community is no different or we are not better than them. In fact, no person is ever better or worse than another person, circumstances may look different, but people have the same ability to think, become more, and change those circumstances. I told him that the houses that where around us where so valuable that our community wanted to extend its boundaries and encompass that community.
The difference that I explained to Aiden is an identity of poverty which exists in the mind of a person. Thoughts taken as truth and formed into belief systems tell people that they a less than, unfortunate, and unprivileged, or on the flip side say we are blessed, highly favored, or successful.
We get to choose the thought or change the thoughts that we have running as our program in the back of our subconscious mind. Aiden looked at me and said “ Is that what you mean when you say I can be whatever I want to be? I said yes. You and you alone get to chose which side of the street you want to live on.
Think. I mean really think. What thoughts we have running in the background of our mind?
Which thoughts are we allowing to live that are taxing and dominating our mind?
Evaluate the language that we use. Is it more of “I” or “they’ did something when events occur in our life?
Remember we are all 100 yards away from poverty in our own mind.
Have a discussion and share your 100 yards in your life and share this site.