Deepak Chopra says, “Reality is an interpretation.”

That explains a lot!

We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are. We are the interpreters of our world. Instead of an objective reality, we have individual interpretations of reality based on our personal beliefs, opinions, judgments and attitudes.

Swami Muktananda says, “The world is as you see it. You have your own glasses with your own colors and prescriptions, and you perceive the world through those glasses. That’s why the world appears to you as it does.”

Wouldn’t it be a kinder, more tolerant world if we all understood this? Live and let live. Instead of judging, seek to understand.

Recently I was organizing a social event and I was going to purchase the tickets so we could all sit together. Everyone would pay me back, but I would make the group purchase.

Everyone got back to me confirming that they wanted to go. But one good friend did not respond. He is generally slow with email, but still, I was a little annoyed thinking how rude it was to hold things up by not responding.

Finally, I sent out an email with the final confirmation of attendance and said that since I hadn’t heard from this person I would put him down as ‘unable to attend.’

He called me immediately to apologize and said he had just put his mother in Hospice. He was overwhelmed by making the arrangements. There is an expression that “everyone we meet is fighting a battle we know nothing about.”

Note to self: don’t jump to conclusions and don’t judge. We are all dealing with our own realities.

Linda Sauget is the author of “If You Think It”…and lives in Ft. Lauderdale. Linda is also available for speaking engagements. Please email her at

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