Let me share three quick stories and some perspective-shifting life lessons with you…
- “On my nursing shift at the hospital this evening, I was forced into a moment of perspective when I got off my phone, utterly flustered, after having an argument with my husband, and my eight-year-old patient who’s dying of leukemia asked me if I was OK.”
- “Today is the 10-year anniversary of the day I had planned on ending my own life. It’s also the 10-year anniversary of the day I found out I was pregnant with my now 9-year-old son. He’s the reason I changed my mind. And he is so worth it! But most importantly, I now realize I am worth it too.”
- “This afternoon I learned that the lady who I thought was a ridiculously young mom of the two twin girls I have in my 5th grade math class is actually their 25-year-old half sister. It turns out, her parents got divorced and her mom had the twins with another man. Then 4 years ago her mom and the father of the twins died in a car accident. The 25-year-old daughter, who was only 21 at the time, took over as their legal guardian and has been raising them ever since.”
These stories have been transcribed with permission from coaching sessions we’ve recently conducted with three new course students. And if there’s one thing these students’ stories have it common, it’s perspective.
What we see greatly depends on how we look at it.
The truth is, our perspective on life comes from the psychological cage we’ve been held captive in. A cage created by…
- A difficult past
- A sheltered life
- Social influence
- Pop-culture and mass-media stereotyping
And our perspective only changes when we consciously and gradually work to free our minds.
The quotes below (taken from our book and blog archive) are simple reminders I personally read and repeat to myself on a regular basis to keep my mind uncaged and my perspective wide open. When I shared them with the three students mentioned above, they all told me they appreciated the extra perspective. Perhaps you will as well.
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- Happiness escapes from those who refuse to see the good in what they have. When life gives you every reason to be negative, think positive. Let go of what you think your life is supposed to be like right now and sincerely appreciate it for everything that it is.
- The richest person isn’t the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least. Wealth is a mindset. Want less and appreciate more today. Be thankful for your life. For your health, your family, your friends, and your home. Many people don’t have these things. [Read more…]