E + P = O stands for “Event + Perception = Outcome” and serves as a reminder of how powerfully our world view and our chosen responses alter our circumstances. Our inner mindset strongly impacts our outer situation. Our chosen responses are often so deeply engrained, so habitual, that we often don’t recognize them for the decisions that they are. Fish discover water last and deep self-awareness is an ability that takes long cultivation to develop. Expanding the space between stimulus and response is incredibly liberating. Look around you: if others have chosen differently, in ways that served them better, so can you.
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin
“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” – George Eliot
“What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.” – C.S. Lewis
“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean?’” – Shannon L. Alder
“The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you.” – Roy T. Bennett
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier