Just because you think something is reality doesn’t make it reality.

We hear it anytime there is a disagreement or conflict: “My perception is my reality.” It’s employed as a cudgel to beat others into accepting someone’s preferred so-called reality.

Let me state (with a sense of reality) that perception is NOT reality. Words have the power to shape our attitudes, beliefs, and, well, perceptions.

In the dictionary we find “perception” explained as:
“The way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression.”

And here is the dictionary definition of reality:
“The world or the state of things as they actually exist. Existence that is absolute, self-sufficient, and not subject to human conventions.”

Clearly, perception and reality have very different meanings. The former occurs entirely inside us in which mental gymnastics can turn any belief into reality. The other exists completely outside of us and can’t be easily manipulated.

Perception is not reality, but, admittedly, perception can become a person’s reality because perception has a potent influence on how we look at reality.