"Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based on our perceptions. What we perceive depends on what we look for. What we look for depends on what we think. What we think depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality." — David Bohm
For most of us, the things that are working in our life our invisible. Our car that starts every morning. The lights that come on at the flip of a switch. The hot water streaming from the shower head. The friends and family in our lives that have our back. We pay no attention to these things: they are the wallpaper of our daily routine. It is only when things break down that we notice them. I'm not aware of the gift of effortless breathing until I get a cold that stuffs up my nose. And it's usually during these breakdowns of our relied-upon systems that we get angry and frustrated. Instead of having gratitude for the 5000 days our kitchen faucet was leak-free, we get annoyed that we now have to shell out money for its repair.
This is all a result of the limits of our perception. The world is constantly in flux. Everything is changing, all the time. But we perceive our universe as a matrix of static nouns, tools and products and services and people that will never change. It's as much a language problem as it is a perception problem (check out David Bohm's thoughts on the rheomode if you're really interested). Instead of thinking of the perceivable world as a noun-filled place, we must look at everything as slow verbs. Things like the kitchen faucet are changing so slowly that we can't see the change until the leak becomes present. We must expect breakdowns and build them into our lives. Everything is going to fail. So, knowing this, the question becomes, how will you react when the things you take for granted fall apart? With anger that your day has been disrupted? Or with gratitude?