The Power of Perspective

Waves crashing at the beach

Perspective defines our reality. What we believe is ultimately dictated by the filter we choose to cast over a particular situation. Is the glass half full or half empty? 

Sure, there are influencers that propel us in a certain direction, but at the end of the day, we hold the remote control to our lives. So what channel are you going to select? I’m no ancient guru, just a twenty-four-year-old gal, navigating through life, quashing one crisis at a time and sharing the wisdom that’s been bestowed upon her along the way.

“It’s not a bad life, just a bad day.”

Sometimes, we lose ourselves in a bubble of oblivion and struggle to see the bigger picture. This philosophy has saved me from drowning inside a dangerous headspace and I can only hope that it does the same for you. While I didn’t automatically turn the switch, we’re only human, the more I recited these words, the more I believed it. And now I’m preaching it.

It is only natural to want to obliterate the bad from our lives and wish that it didn’t exist, but what we often fail to acknowledge is that the bad days exist to evoke appreciation of the good. Without darkness, how will we recognise light?

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus

Human beings are serial complainers. It would be interesting to see what percentage of our daily dialogue is made up of complaints. The results would certainly be astounding. I am not suggesting that we suppress our feelings because I’m a big believer in voicing our thoughts out loud. However, we could all stand to incorporate a daily dose of gratitude into our lives.

Don’t underestimate the power of gratitude and it’s ability to drive happiness back into your life. Simply acknowledging what you’re grateful for directs the focus away from what you don’t have and reminds you of the positives. Take a moment every morning to reflect on the areas of your life that you are genuinely thankful for – loved ones, your job, health, the holiday you just booked, the promotion at work, conquering a fear. Doing so will have such an impact on your approach to life and how you respond to hardships.

“The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” – Kakuzo Okakaura

Change is an inevitable part of life. One chapter ends and another one begins. Though stepping into the unknown can stimulate our fear senses and unleash the butterflies in our stomach, change forces us to evolve as a person. We learn so more about ourselves when we’re dragged out of our comfort zone and pushed into the unknown. Our strengths are revealed and our weaknesses are exposed. You’ll never know what you’ll discover unless you take the plunge.

“Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Seneca

At some point in our lives, we have all cast the ‘lucky’ label on an individual, based purely on their seemingly successful career, ignoring all other variables in the mix. What we need to remind ourselves is that we create our own luck and it all stems from our perspective. It isn’t just about being at the right place at the right time, it’s about how we respond to an opportunity when it presents itself. Do you run in the opposite direction because it’s not an ‘exact match’ to what you had envisioned or do you embrace the opportunity with open arms, regardless of the paralysing fear it evokes? It all begins with your mindset, which has the power to widen or narrow your pool of opportunities.

The next time you’re struggling to breathe under your avalanche of emotions, try another perspective on for size, it’s free.

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