Perspective is seeing reality as it is, not as we feel it is. Perspective is correct comparison. Perspective has the power to dramatically change your day from bad to good. Here are some examples:
Feeling: I don’t have much money. Perspective: compared to my friend Crisvin in Honduras, I am rich, and have more than I need. (Crisvin has 3 toys, shares a bed with her mother, and is lucky to have more than one meal a day.)
Feeling: nothing in my life is going well. Perspective: I’m alive.
Feeling: I’m only as good as the job I can get. I don’t have a job. Therefore, I’m worthless. Perspective: I have a wife and three kids that love me more than anything. They would not call me worthless. And at the end of the day, their opinion is all that matters.
Feeling: the government is stealing all of our freedoms, and we have the worst president in the history of the world. Perspective: I have the freedom to say something and do something.
Feeling: blue. Perspective: there are a lot more colors than just blue.
Feeling: I’m a victim of injustice, bad management, or bad circumstances. Perspective: I made decisions to get where I’m at. If I’m a victim, I have no hope because I have no way to change those circumstances. If I don’t like where I’m at, I can make new decisions to get where I want to go. (This perspective comes from The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews.
Don’t let negativity ruin your day. Be known as a positive person. Positivity is a characteristic of an intentional Christian, and may be one of the best ways to set ourselves apart from the world. And where does positivity come from? Perspective.
What are some other important perspectives to keep in mind? Comment below and continue the discussion…