A topic very near and dear to my heart is perspective – why it matters, how people lose it, how to get it and how it just frames the every day experience of life so beautifully. It’s just one of those things that when I am doing my best at cultivating it, I feel unbelievably blessed to have the life I do.
I have bad days, just like anyone else. Days where I feel beaten down or stressed out or lacking motivation or just feeling a bit sad. I just generally accept this as being part of life, but I do my best not to dwell on these kinds of moments… at least not for too long. Stopping for a moment, clearing my head and gaining some of that valuable perspective is always the best way to move past these kinds of events and feelings.
Why? Because when I do step back and look at my life objectively, how can I not see how good I have it?
This video excerpt from the CBS show “Undercover Boss” does a perfect job of showing why perspective matters:
Boom. If you’ve always had it good, it gets reaaaaaally easy to not appreciate the fact that it’s not always that way for many people.
And the video is also a perfect and powerful reminder that the absolute worst of the worst days I experience in my life are a dream to hundreds of millions of people. Not hundreds. Not thousands. Not even millions… but hundreds of millions. And it’s not because I am just so amazing and everyone should aspire to be me and that I have the ultimate secret to success. I don’t and I would hardly qualify as anything amazing… but I like to think I qualify as someone with a healthy sense of self-awareness and understanding of my place in the world.
I hope and pray I never lose sight of that fact so that it keeps me grateful, humble, balanced and reflective with a willingness to always help out those around me.
Because if the above oft-shared poster is even half true, I should never, ever have something to complain about.