Life. It is full of ups and downs. And quite often, we as human beings tend to
take on the negative of what a bad day brings.
By changing our perspective, we are given the chance to understand that
life’s rollercoaster, is actually a good thing. What!?
Yes, it’s true.
We often spend most of our energies looking at what isn’t
working vs. what is. We spend hours
obsessing about how horrible our day is or how our life isn’t going quite
But ask yourself this question – whose measurement are you
using? Are you using the measurement
and judgment of friends, family, society, the world, your culture? Who are you truly trying to please?
When we take a step back and take time to look at our lives
and the total situation, we soon learn that the only person we really need to
be at peace with at the end of the day is ourselves, because if we are not
happy with who we are – how can we possibly be our best with those we love?
We can be our own worst critic. We can be toughest on ourselves about our
expectations or demands of everyday life, the world, and what we THINK that is
expected of us. The truth is that there
are no real expectations other than to be decent, honest with ourselves and to
be true to what resonates within us.
Too often in the chaos of life and the ‘busyness’ of all we
do, we forget to look at “THE TOTAL PICTURE.”
That’s right – the TOTAL PICTURE.
We’ve all heard the cliché of the glass half full or half empty. Forget glasses of liquid for measurement and
instead look at how life ends up balancing itself all on its own without
anything we do to change it. So why can’t
we develop our own sense of perspective about life, the world, what we want out
of life and how we choose to show up in it to be in balance with nature, with
ourselves and find more peace within?
Why do we spend hours battling ourselves? Our own inner demons, baggage, issues,
ideals, and principles of what we think we should believe because we think it
is what OTHERS think is the right thing to do or say?
Your life is your life.
And we all have to deal with the consequences of how we choose to live
it. At the end of the day – you have to
be at peace with yourself or you cannot possibly extend peace to your fellow
man, your family, your friends and those who matter in your life, if you are
Nature is the perfect solution to look for guidance. It is in nature we see that we are offered
proper perspective. When seasons
change as they do (even in climates where it appears that there are no seasons)
– we are shown that there is a season and a reason for everything. The wind blows to remove dead leaves. The rain comes to wash away all the debris
and to water the land. The sun shines
to add warmth and light. The snow falls
to provide a resting and hibernation period for nature and animals to take a
rest. This is not to say we need to
follow suit with each and every season, but with every season comes a reason
for being and for taking note that WE AS HUMANS must do this as well. If we do not stop in our tracks to reflect,
to rest, to discard negative energies, and seek out the light – we tend to miss
out on some valuable perspective. It is
in this perspective we can shift gears to embrace the good things instead of
reflecting on the negative aspects of what life brings us.
We need the dark moments to appreciate the light ones. We need the non-stop waves of action to
appreciate resting on the land. We need
for the wind to blow, so that we can appreciate being still and enjoy when the
world is not whirling out of control at 45 miles per hour around us. We need to examine how we are moving
laterally vs. vertically to know when we are at the point of doing what is
familiar or if we have the courage to move upward and reach higher like the
tops of the trees.
Nature. It shows us
many things if we just take the time to pay attention to appreciate what it
teaches us. And it is in this moment of learning about how
nature works, we often can take the cue and learn how to adapt, change and grow
Changing perspective with acceptance and adaptation,
flexibility and fluid motion gives us the ability to embrace life a little
better and improve how we live life.
& Tess – We Solved It
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