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.


  1. True that. Great post Kathleen. I agree completely. God always reminds me of this when I'm feeling down or discouraged, then I see or hear something that makes me count my blessings and I realize that I have it good, very , very good.

  2. This is very true…today I got bad news twice, and realizing how lucky I am so far…well, it sure as heck puts things in perspective.

  3. Awesome post Kathleen. Perspective is everything, and if we take a step back we will find that everything is really not as bad as we make it out to be 🙂

  4. This is very true. We're all blessed in some way or another, but many people don't realize this. Even sheer simplicity is a gift. I may not have a lot, but I'm very thankful for what I do have.

  5. Great post! I love that quote, too. I think we're all guilty of not appreciating our own lives sometimes. But I know how truly blessed I am. I do need to say it more often, though. 🙂

  6. What a great reminder! I try to think on the positive side most of the time but yes, it's hard when you don't get something you want.

  7. Thank you for this reminder. It's hard sometimes to get distracted by others but we have to remind ourselves of this!

  8. Gosh – what a deep post! I always think about what if, and how come.. Especially with my parents – then I gain that perspective, at least I had them as long as I did. Thanks for the beautiful reminder. Life truly is a blessing and it's what we make of it.

  9. This sounds exactly like what I tell my husband all the time and has finally sunk in. Live in the moment and cherish what you have around you even if you strive for greater things. If you are always waiting to be happy it will never come.

  10. So true – and the opposite as well. I often get blindsided by thinking the opposite way and need to remember this more often!

  11. I love this post, Kathleen — I struggle with feeling inferior or feeling certain things are "unfair" … and then I get sucked into a vortex of feeling sorry for myself. The bottom line? I have beautiful children, a solid relationship, a home, food and friends.

    There's little left to want, is there?

  12. This is a great post! And, I find myself asking "why" a lot but I've come to realize that I can't have everything (wish I did though) but I got 3 beautiful kids and they mean more than any and everyting.

  13. So very true. If you just take one single minute each day, and count your blessings, you'll soon realize how blessed you really are. Whenever I don't get something I assume it is for the best in the long run.

  14. I do that with the blogging ops too, then I remember I have had amazing ops and not every great op is meant for me. It's easy to get disappointed at first when you see the ops but like you said, perspective makes all the difference in the world in the end.

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