Three men stand in line at a deli, looking at a baby that just started to cry.

The first one sees an annoyance.

The second one sees his pregnant wife and her growing belly.

The third one sees a divorced wife and the kid he lost touch with.

One baby, yet three different ways of seeing the same thing. One saw the present, one the future, the last one the past.

There are more than six billion people on this planet, resulting in more than six billion points of view.

A car can be seen as a nuisance, the gate to adventure, a weekend of excitement, a polluter – I don’t have enough time to jot down the six billion different ways people will look at just one thing.

These subjective ways of seeing things are also called frames of reference, they are vital to our survival as humans and help us to actively construe our world. They determine our thinking, decision-making and determine our perceptions of reality.

We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are.

We are conditioned by our experiences. Too bad, these experiences prevent us from seeing things that don’t fit our mental representations of the world, therefore making us resistant to evidence that disproves our world view.

The way you see the world determines how you act. What do you see when you look at your life? Do you look at the present, the past or the future?