One of my closest friends and I were texting back and forth about stuff (aka life). We were discussing that her sweet daughter had, had a fever for six days and she hadn’t had much sleep. She had been up over at the ER of the hospital literally overnight, didn’t get home until 6:30am and had a client appointment at 9:30am. I felt so bad for her and texted her how sorry I was, thinking that I would be a wreck. This was her response:
“I want to sleep all day, but I have to get a deal worked out which is a GREAT problem to have”.
And I just sat in my car and smiled…almost a bit tearful. What she could have said, and I might have said is,
“I know, this SUCKS. I am SO f*&*ing tired!”
But she didn’t. And she meant it. She meant that she was truly grateful, that although she was physically and mentally exhausted, worried about her daughter, and probably a little bit black under the eyes, she was excited to have the ‘problem’ of working with clients and getting deals done.
THAT is what makes the difference between a happy life, and an unhappy life. Perspective.
Each of us could analyze our lives and find all the crap this is awry. We could spend the time and waste energy complaining and wishing it was different. Or we could look at it differently. We get to choose our perspective. Always. No exceptions.
Are there terrible things happening in the lives of people? Yes, absolutely. But every day that we wake up breathing is a gift, and we get to choose how we view this gift, and what we do with it. It may not be easy sometimes, this perspective thing, and it does require practice, but when you really, truly, focus on the good, the things to be grateful for, it will absolutely, 100% change your entire life around. IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE. No matter what situation you are in.
Try changing your perspective, just one small thing at a time.