As a child, when I would experience difficult situations, I couldn’t stand it when my mother told me about the less fortunate or recited the infamous “people are starving in Africa” speech. What? Was hearing about another’s troubles suppose to lessen my hurt and disappointment? Isn’t it funny – now that I’m a little older and a little less selfish, it all makes sense. My mom was simply trying to offer me another perspective.
It’s true, there is always someone going through a tougher time…always. And while knowing this doesn’t take away our hurt or disappointment, it certainly puts things in perspective. Things could always be worse.
Perspective is a powerful thing and it is the difference between seeing ourselves as victors or victims. It affects all of the feelings attached to the lens through which we view ourselves and our circumstances. Continue reading