Columbus Day and Cute Rodents Are Forever Linked in My Wild Mind / by Dana Bergstrom

In the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know!?" there's a retelling of the story of natives who watched Columbus' ships sail towards shore. According to the tale they couldn't actually SEE the ships because they had no concept of what a ship was.

I remember watching that and thinking, "What the bleep are they talking about? How can you NOT SEE gigantic boats that are coming right at you?"

Then I recalled my own experience of not really seeing something that I'd never seen before.

We had just moved into our current house and I was looking out of our front window. There was this strange looking, black, furry, little animal scurrying across the lawn but I couldn’t figure out what I was looking at.

“Paul! Come over here quick! This is the weirdest looking kitty I’ve ever seen...it’s…it’s…it's...shaped like a squirrel!”

The gear wheels in my brain had ground to a complete stop. As soon as I'd finished the sentence I realized I was looking at my very first black squirrel.

Initially my sweet husband stood there in total disbelief at my naiveté, then he burst into loud laughter and a hilarious-to-him Dana mocking session. All the while I could feel the gears in my head begin to gradually start up again. They were turning slowly since I had to section off a new area in my brain for the existence of black squirrels.

The reason I couldn't immediately comprehend the concept of a black squirrel is because I'd never seen one.

And if I cannot comprehend that I am creating my own experience with my thoughts, then I will not see that I am 100% responsible for my life and I'll continue to feel like a victim of external circumstances.

As I practice focusing, this all becomes clearer and clearer to me. What I focus on is what I get. I am fully in charge of my experience. What I want to see is what I will see.

And what I'd really like to see is more black weird kitties shaped like squirrels and ice cream trucks and intergenerational dance parties and world peace and falling autumn leaves and loads of people who are madly in love with each other.

What would you like to see?