Just in case anyone out there is under the impression that it’s “all about you,” well, I’ve got news for you.
You’re right. Except, of course, for the part that is all about ME–which, come to think of it, is all of it.
For each of us, our self is the axis and reference point of our turning world. Every stimulus that winds it way through our awareness presents us with a question: “What does this mean for or about me?” And the answer to that question is often reflexive, to the point of being automatic. It springs from our beliefs, and perhaps the most powerful of those beliefs—the ones that have the most impact on our moment-by-moment experience—are our judgments about ourselves. If those are optimistic, hopeful, and comfortable, our experience will be, too. On the other hand, if our self-judgments are harsh, accusing, or negative, that will be the lens through which we’ll see and experience our world.
Which one is the “correct” viewpoint? I would emphatically answer Neither. And Both. You get to decide. Because, in the end, it’s all about you.