Power in Perspective

I’m back on the “Perspective, Dammit!” train.

I’ve been trying so hard to see the bigger picture, not letting the little things drive me nuts, focusing on those #TheLittleThings to be thankful for, and just breathing in my life for what it is – pretty damn good.

Despite this, lately I’ve still found myself struggling to not only find new/better/broader perspective, but to live it, embrace it, love it.

And then, I read the latest daily devotional email from Joel Osteen and once again, a *slapslapslap* of perspective at just the right moment:

It’s easy to get focused on what’s wrong in life, what we don’t have, and how big our obstacles are. If we’re not careful, we’ll lose sight of all the good things God has done. We’ll take for granted our family, friends, health and the opportunities God has blessed us with. We’ll get so busy and stressed out that we won’t appreciate the gift of today. What’s happened? Our perspective has gotten off.

Perspective is all about how we see a situation. There’s power in your perspective because you will draw into your life what you constantly meditate on. Business may be slow. The economy may be down. The wrong perspective is, “I’ll never make it. It’s just too much.” The right perspective is, “God is supplying all of my needs. He said He would prosper me even in a desert.”

How come this always sounds so logical, so obvious, so RIGHT but I so quickly lose sight of the bigger picture?

A couple weeks ago I was feeling under pressure – and thus, was losing sight of the fact that I’d been granted a special gift. Bonding time with my sister and niece. Irreplaceable time together. Priceless. Precious. I soon realized it and gained new perspective…before it was too late to realize the error of my ways.

Even that annoying little thing called patellar tendinitis has been a constant source of frustration in the back of my mind. Yet – I so easily forget that I am lucky to be healthy 99.9999% of the time. Healthy, strong, fit, and able. A minor little knee injury? No sweat in the grand scheme of things. In the meantime, I’m lucky enough to have access to a gym where I can take other classes like spinning or kickboxing, or to simply hop on the elliptical machine in lieu of running. Not everyone has access like that. Nevermind a complete home gym at home, too. Looking back on a couple of my recent posts where I spouted off my frustration, I feel silly, embarrassed even. I am blessed for so many reasons.

Perspective, dammit, perspective.

So today – #TheLittleThings I’m thankful for? A dose of perspective ala Joel Osteen (and some much needed side convos with one of my favorite friends on this very topic over email today, too).