There is the world; then there is the world that we live in. The world goes about doing its own thing, but our view is based on our perception of it. This lens affects our mood, our outlook, and the decisions we make, which can lead us to live a fulfilled life or not.
We assign value to things and often make them out to be more than what they are because of our perception. For example, if a person you invited over for dinner brings a $1,000 bottle of wine, you might be impressed by the price alone. You then expect it to be delicious, and as you sip it, it meets your expectations. You think to yourself; this is why this bottle costs a grand. The price and the experience make you assign a value to it based on your perception.
If we look at the bottle of wine objectively, we can see it for what it is – crushed grapes that have been allowed to ferment and age. That’s it. When we remove ourselves from the lens of our perception, we start seeing things differently. Practicing this skill helps in your decision-making process and may help you make better choices.
There is nothing wrong with expensive wine or the perceived value of something, but as long as you know that you are being driven by how you see things, you can start to make rational choices.