The Power of Perspective in the Pursuit of Happiness
Happiness is subjective. The various things that bring us joy in life most likely differ greatly from person to person [unless we’re talking about puppies...it's a fact that puppies spread universal joy]. Nonetheless, the journey to finding happiness is extremely unique and personal.
Here we go again, another beezy ‘feels’ post. buckle [UP!].
Now, first and foremost, I’m not this magical 'happiness guru’. And, contrary to popular belief, I don’t ride around on a unicorn sprinkling happy-juju in my wake. Believe me, I WISH I did. Like the best of us - I get frustrated; I get angry; I debbie-down from time to time. I’m not writing this post sitting on a pedestal - [or said magical unicorn] - and I'm not preaching advice and words of wisdom to you. But, I do make a consist effort to live on the happy side of the sidewalk. It's for good reasons: the sun shines bright over there :)
Without a doubt, we all want to live our best lives and we strive for happiness each and every day! But, with any journey, they’re bumps along the way. It’s inevitable. Life happens and we experience things that are out of our control. This is where perspective comes into play. Amidst life's chaos and craziness, our perspective is one thing we CAN control. We choose our viewpoints [positive or negative]. And these attitudes dictate not only how we feel about things, but they also drive our actions.
In every challenge or obstacle a silver lining is most likely present, even if it's not easily identified at that time. We just have to decided how we want to react and push to find the good. In fact, the idea of Whollybeezus actually came from a time of unrest and discontentment. I needed a change. I needed to shake things up. My solution was a new project and a new focus. I would have never guessed it then, but oh, beezy, what a JOY it has been :)
Life is about perspective. Your viewpoint shapes your reality. This is a powerful thing.
So, I ask: What if we learned to challenge our perspective in search of the good [the happiness!] in every situation possible, with others, and [most importantly] with ourselves? We may be surprised with the outcome.
I'm sure you can agree, there are days when you feel invincible. 100%. You walk out that front door and ooo ditty, you're killin’ the game - as I like to say :) THEN, you have those days where nothing is right; you feel defeated at every turn. That’s where the power of perspective comes into play. The power comes in having the smarts to identify and acknowledge those ‘ish moments [step 1], and then taking action to shift your perspective. Shake it UP, remove the funk [step 2]. Sure, it's easier said than done.
And when it comes to others, we oftentimes need a gentle reminder to exercise patience. It's a virtue, right? From our vantage point, we may only see one piece of the puzzle. But we never know the battles others are fighting internally or behind the scenes. So just be a good human. Practice kindness. Have empathy. People can say a lot without speaking a word.
And now, with yourself. Practice that same kindness. Heck, kill ya-self with kindness. It's easy to focus on our faults or the nit-picky things we need to improve. We oftentimes neglect to give ourselves the credit or praise for all the awesome things that we're capable of. Change it up. Pat yourself on the back for once. You deserve it.