The other day I started my drive out to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I left Cochrane, Alberta at 3:00am!! Crazy, right?! I arrived at my final destination (including the 2 hour ferry ride) at 7:00pm BC time (British Columbia is 1 hour behind Alberta)
During my drive through the God’s beautiful creation, a word came to my mind and stuck with me… PERSPECTIVE! I typed in this word in a google search and this is what it gave me:
the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.
“a perspective drawing”
a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
“most guidebook history is written from the editor’s perspective”
synonyms: outlook, view, viewpoint, point of view, POV, standpoint, position, stand, stance, angle, slant, attitude, frame of mind, frame of reference, approach, way of looking, interpretation
“her perspective on things had changed”
It’s about a 15 hour drive including a 2 hour ferry ride to my final destination. When I thought about the whole 15 hours of driving, by myself, only driver, was daunting! I’ve done this drive before but at least I had cruise control for the flat parts (FYI, it is possible to drive 15 hours without cruise control!) But just as my GPS would only let me program in a certain amount of kilometers for it to work, is the same as I had to look at my whole drive. In sections. Point A to B. Point B to C. etc.
Perspective on our own lives is huge! Everyone see’s their life differently than people on the outside looking in. We know what goes on on the inside but don’t always share that with the world outside.
On Father’s Day this year we had a guest speaker named Justin Majeau and he sort of touched on the word perspective, at least from my perspective. He talked about how we tend to look at other lives and compare to our own lives. ‘What about them and their perfect family?’ ‘They have a such a nice car, a good job and beautiful house, why can’t I have that?’ ‘They have perfect health, why can’t I’ … I think we have all done this kind of thinking at one time or another in our lives. A lot of probably still do!
It’s a matter of perspective… yes some people have more than you do but in a way you might have more than they do. Those who have millions or billions of dollars might not actually be happy (even though they act like it. Perspective) but you have happiness and that’s invaluable to have!
It’s hard to see the good in our lives when we compare it to others. Here’s a challenge, try not to do that anymore! God created you the way you are for a reason! You aren’t a millionaire for a reason. Just because you don’t have a high school diploma doesn’t mean you are a failure and can’t get anywhere in life!!
I was given a different perspective on how I was viewing my summer and my going to Vancouver Island. The way I saw it and became anxious about was not the same way those who love and care about me in my Church Family saw it. I was given the perspective to see this as a VACATION and not PERMANENT. Being told that changed everything for me! Yes, I still have my anxieties and worries but to know that I’ve got a great support circle back home is amazing!
Point is, when you are facing decisions or situations that you just can’t see the light, talk to someone you trust!! Get their perspective on your situation. They might surprise you! It might help you!
I’m not saying it will be easy, but it’s worth a shot if it might help ease your anxieties and help you get to that next day. Don’t you think?
Instead of thinking that you have 8 more hours of work left in your day, think about your day in small steps… break, lunch, break, home! It can make a world of difference. Small steps – perspectives. It can work with anything. Looking at the big picture will only cause stress – take the small steps that lead up to the big picture and completion!
You have two choices in the morning: you can either stay in bed and sleep with your dreams OR you can wake up and make your dreams happen!
“Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” -Jeremiah 33:3 (NLT)
Stay strong and confident in all that you do