Thoughts often cross my mind throughout the day. Thoughts like “Why did the car break down,” “Why didn’t I get that great blogging opp,” or “I wish I could have nicer things.” I think they are normal thoughts. Thoughts that are similar probably to many that any of you have had. The problem is, that in a country where we are all so blessed to have so much, it is hard to keep things in perspective, and perspective is a very valuable thing. Perspective is a thing that can make your worst day magically feel like one of the best.
How is that you say? Because, as I worried about why my car had to break down, I failed to notice the fact, and be grateful that at least I had the money to fix it. As I drove down the street and saw a woman trying to board the city bus with a week’s worth of groceries and three kids in tow, I gained perspective, and suddenly my broken vehicle was only a pebble on the road of life.
As I thought to myself “Why didn’t I get that great blogging opp?” I failed to see how lucky I am to be able to earn a living from home while so many others are out of work. I failed to see how blessed we are with the fun opps we do get, when for some, a trip to the local park feels like a vacation, and we take off on 50 day road trips.
When I was looking around in the store and wishing I could afford nicer things, I failed to see how many things I have. When you see a picture of a man on the Internet who has plastic two liter bottles tied to his feet as shoes, you gain perspective.
Does that mean, we can never wish for better things? That we can never want something more or be sad when things go bad? No, that is all part of human nature. I am just here to remind you, that the next time you are feeling bad about something, take a moment, really look around and gain some perspective. Because, it is that perspective that can easily make a disaster not seem so bad.