Tough Times Call for a Change in Perspective 
Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 3:45PM
Heather Hardison

In these economic times, everyone seems to be struggling and spirits are definitely down. Most are finding it difficult to find hope and inspiration. But just when we are feeling as if we are never going to dig ourselves out of a never ending hole, we encounter someone whose struggle is much worse than our own. It is in these encounters that we realize just how much we have to be thankful for in our lives. Basically, it all comes down to perspective! If we focus on the mounting bills that we have to pay, work tasks that are tedious, or things that we wish we could have but can’t afford, then we feel stressed, anxious and depressed. Everyday begins to feel like a hardship and is joyless. The simple act of shifting perspective can change the way we view our problems and life struggles. By approaching problems from a new angle, something that once seemed insurmountable can actually appear conquerable in a new light. For example, if we change our perspective on our current economic circumstances and start to focus on the fact that we might have a job, a roof over our heads, or our basic needs met, then our outlook is suddenly brighter. We may not have everything we want, but most of us have everything we need. No matter how tough our life is, there will always be those less fortunate who would change places with us in an instant. If we took a few moments to view from their eyes, our lives would look blessed and full. Let’s try to keep those individuals in mind when complaining about our day or when we are feeling sorry for ourselves. Shifting our perspective in this way can lead to hope, appreciation and gratitude for life’s many blessings. Your circumstances may stay the same but it’s your choice which pair of eyes you view them with.


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