Look around you. Look closely. Look from afar.
Look beyond what you see. Look, for you’re unable to see the truth, you’re overlooking the obvious. You’re too myopic to look beyond the appearances, see past your surmises, your conjectures. Thus, look!

There’s always a deeper intricacy to the nuanced or seemingly evident narratives that is hidden from our eyes. We are all what we are today because of our experiences. Your first day at school, a gentle caress on your head from your father, a warm hug from your friend when you were gloomy, those little moments with strangers – if you take out any of these chunks from your life, you will not be you. Choose to view life through this lens, from the one you see yourself. The moment you foolishly believe that you know someone, you know something, change your lens. Change your perspective.

I’ve always had the urge to put meaning into my life. Choose a career that means something. Choose to be with people whom I deem acceptable. However, I have always been wrong. Because, I have been viewing people, incidents, and life through the same lens. It took me a while to absorb it that not everything has to make sense; not everyone has to be perfect – there’s no point in looking for just the right things. Try settling on average things once in while, or even the bad ones. For they’ll always give you a perspective, a new lens. Meet new people, don’t just talk, communicate. Read them, explore their existences, absorb their auras. Your problems may seem big to you, but it’s only when you communicate with others, you’re able to realize that how shortsighted you’re – how unjust and ungrateful.

Look for the positives. Look for little things that make you happy. Look at the people you hate with a different lens. They must be lovable. After all, you’re loathsome in someone else’s story too. Take a deep breath. Rub your eyes. Open them again. But see through a different lens. Look!

“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”

Leo Tolstoy