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25.03.2015 Feature Article

Random African Thought Series…It Is A Matter Of Perception

Random African Thought Series…It Is A Matter Of Perception
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We all have our perceptions about life and life's situations. Our perceptions go a long way in determining how we approach issues in life. My little cousins have a friend called Kojo Baker. We were at a get together and it so happened that we had to play school so I asked all the kids gathered a question. I asked what is 1+1? Kojo Baker shouted "me, me, I know, I know" so I said "ok Kojo, go ahead". "Eleven" he shouted. I can tell you I had the laugh of my life that night.

It was only until recently that I realized that his answer was probably based on his perception of the question that was asked. I am sure he thought, if you put 1 and 1 together, the figure you aim to create is 11. Kojo Baker was a genius in my eye because I hadn't even thought of it that way myself. The situations of life do not change but our approach to these situations are not one and the same.

It is your approach that will determine whether you would come out top or bottom. Ittakes longer for some people to get over misfortunes you might consider that misfortune not to be a big deal; it is a matter of perception. Some people react differently to the same situation.

You would be doing yourself a great disservice if you thought that the solution I applied to my situation would also work for you. It is a matter of perception. You would hear people say "when would you get over this or that issue?" I would say it is a matter of perception.

Take all the time you need to get over that situation or find a solution to that "equation" because no one is chasing you. You want to come out of that situations better person so why the rush? Believe you me, when you are faced with any situation in life, the best thing that anyone can do for you is to sympathize with you and that is all. Only you the power to overcome that situation or get over it.

This fact notwithstanding, let us be realistic when we are faced with life's situations and adopt realistic approaches to solving them.

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Edwin Oko Lamptey
Edwin Oko Lamptey, © 2015

The author has 16 publications published on Modern Ghana.Column: EdwinOkoLamptey

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