perspective...

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Not long ago I took a photo of some clouds… I had seen a heart. I put it on my stories on Instagram and asked others if they saw the heart. The replies got me thinking because different people saw different hearts! When I look back now, I actually see four hearts. Depending on how creative you are with your hearts, there may even be more.

Life resembles my experience with that photo. I may look at a situation and see only one thing and it is soooooo big I can’t see past it… especially the difficult times. They have a tendency to take over our thoughts and become all consuming. Depending on the situation, it may be difficult to see or think about or feel anything else.

Here’s where I believe perspective comes in.

I can see the heeeuge thing and dwell on it, blocking everything else out. Or I can see, feel, and live that negative thing AND discover other things that are positive. Sometimes I have to dig for those positive things… deep, really, really deep.

Recently I’ve had to remind myself of those positive things. I’m in a holding pattern and I’m frustrated. I don’t like where I am in my life right now. I want things to happen faster or slower or something… just not what I have right now. And yet… I have so much to be thankful for.

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About a month or so ago I started a gratitude journal. Each night I write at least three things I’m grateful for. Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with even one thing and then I remind myself to put it all into perspective. The list begins to grow then. My life is good… even with the yuck… it is so good.

I printed out that photo and put it up on my kitchen cabinet to remind me to keep it all in perspective. There is always, always, always something good to be grateful for.