We All See and Experience the World

by Michael Berry on October 26, 2014

images-6“We all see and experience the World, not as it is, but as we are.” It’s my favorite quote, because I know we attract people and circumstances into our lives every day because of what we expect. Some people have a difficult time understanding this. A little humorous story might assist you.

There was once a farmer who lived on the edge of town right off the main road. One day this farmer was mending his fences when a wagon came rolling up. It appeared to be a new family moving into town. There wasn’t one single space anywhere on that wagon that didn’t have a box strapped to it, or a blanket rolled up, or a frying pan hanging. As the wagon got nearer a man on the wagon called out.

“Howdy. We’re thinking of relocating to this town. Do you mind me asking what sort of folks live in these parts”?

The farmer called back, “What were the people like where you came from?”

“Not a kind bunch,” said the newcomer. “They’d stab you in the back just as soon as look at ya.”

“Well, that’s exactly the kind of folks you’ll find here.”

It wasn’t more than an hour or so later when another wagon approached, looking much like the last. It was another family looking to put down some roots in town.

“We’re fixing to move into town. We were wondering what kind of people we’ll find here,” says the man sitting on the wagon.

“What were the people like where you came from,” asked the farmer.

“Oh, they were wonderful! Any one of ‘em would give you the shirt off his back.” said the newcomer.

Then the farmer said, “Well, that’s exactly the kind of folks you’ll find here.”

Was the farmer lying to the others. No, he just knew that they would experience the town folks like they were expecting them to be and would automatically attract those people to them.

 Personal development is our business and our life.
Michael Berry
In personal development we learn that “we all see and experience the world not as it is, but as we are”.


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Jane Araguel August 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Wow! I really love the story Michael! You are awesome! You are able to explain that beautiful quote by relating it to a story. And I agree with you. We see things as we are. You’ve written a very inspiring post. Keep it up!

Michael Berry August 17, 2011 at 7:49 am

You really inspire me back with your comments Jane. Thanks so very much.

Clint & Beth Mello September 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Great story Michael! Really puts things into perspective. If people would just get that they only have eyes for what they’re focused on and expecting, they would start focusing on what they really desire to be, have and achieve. Thanks for sharing Michael.

Michael Berry September 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

You’re welcome and thanks for your comments they’re right on.

Adwello October 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

This is an awesome concept – it pays to think deeply into it – it’s like you get what you expect all the time – really it’s your mindset before you even set out for the day – or how you feel when you awake – guess it’s your self talk before you even go to bed 😉

I always write a simple to-do list each evening for the next day – I sleep well knowing I’ll get things done and the things and contacts I require will come to me. Personal magnetism! Cool.

Thanks for sharing this, Michael – good shout!
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Michael Berry October 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm

And thank you for your comments. It’s interesting because we can go to an area and meet wonderful people and people that we know can go to the same area and talk about how awful it was.

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