I feel like I’ve covered a topic similar to the one I am going to discuss in today’s post, but my spirit tells me that this needs to be reiterated. Yesterday, at yet another one of my maintenance check meetings, the conversation led to a profound realization; things are rarely what they seem. I’ve spoken before about envy and how dangerous it is because looks are so deceiving. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and you may even find that maybe your grass isn’t as brown as you think.
I had a pretty serious situation plaguing my mind with worry just a few months ago. In the middle of our conversation, my friend noticed how much I’d changed since that period; he noticed that the very thing that made me feel so hopeless before was now a thing of the past. The truth is that even though it’s in the past, I remember very well what my thought process was during that time. In hindsight, I can see that it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. I didn’t take that situation lying down, but I used it as fuel to propel myself into a different state of mind and being, so I could then transition into a better situation.
Let me be clear. I will never discount how bad things can get. There are times where you can’t get any lower. You may read my posts and think that I am out of touch with reality and that I just skip through life wearing a permanent smile. This is not the case at all. I have just learned over time that perspective is one of the very few things that have allowed me to retain composure in times of crisis. It has taken me a great deal of time to gain the ability to take a step back and revamp my perspective during crisis.
Only in the most extreme of cases are we able to look at our individual circumstances and not find a single thing that can be worse. I know worse. I’ve had my own flavor of worse, and I’ve seen others experience flavors that I’d never wish on anyone. I can’t stress enough how important it is to engage your powers of perspective during the bad times. Seeing things little differently can have a major impact on your ability to handle those trying times. One thing in life is always certain: LIFE HAPPENS TO EVERYONE! No one is exempt from times of trouble. Equip yourself with the mindset that allows you to better handle the challenges.