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Choose Your 5%: How what you notice reflects your happiness

I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that humans only really comprehend or consider or even notice their own thoughts about, say, 5% of the time or some other ungodly small percentage.

Now, how many things do you look at and notice?

Do you see crystals of sand glimmering, shining light back up at you between the cracks of your toes? Something considered dirt – smiling its eyes at you, reflecting your light.

Do you notice the sunset behind your lover, and relate the two? Do you ever slip into the brakes and just think, “How strange it is, to be.”

Do you ever feel your lungs inflate?

Can you ever feel your heartbeat behind your eyes?

What about your food, do you really taste it? The smells, do you really close your eyes to not be distracted by visual stimulation but focus on the way your nostrils accept the scent, like an injection.

Here’s what you don’t see…

The man on the street holding a torn leather jacket, covered over a shivering daughter in a Miami, Florida alley.

The sparkling eye of your son, on all his first days of school.

The kids that die in school shootings in places where it’s so common, it doesn’t make national news anymore.

Here’s what they also don’t like to tell you.

Sometimes places go through tragedies (natural disasters, shootings, murder, terrorism, and anything else that’s awful and confusing). A lot of these times, though, there is so much help and relief from communities around the country, that more volunteers have to be recruited to disperse the donations – and that, at points, the community is told not to send anymore gifts.

When I read this in the news, they made it sound like the worst thing – like “Man, people really are compassionate and caring and thoughtful. Better not put that on the news.”

Sure, there’s a dark side. There is so much suffering elsewhere that isn’t noticed – so nobody can really help (after all, if you don’t know, you can’t help.

You might notice all the things that matter, maybe you notice all the things that don’t.

If you change your thoughts, though, you can change what you see.

Choose your 5% with care.

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