The other day, I was walking through this neighborhood that was absolutely beautiful. The houses and yards were all well maintained and you could tell that the people really cared about their homes.
Everyone you passed smiled and said hi. Kids rode by on their bikes with a gentle, “Excuse me,” highlighting their manners in a way that gave hope for future generations.
The next day, I found myself in a neighborhood that wasn’t quite so nice. Some of the homes had fences with missing boards and people parked as if the sidewalk wasn’t there at all, forcing me to make small detours if I wanted to continue my route.
And the people! Oh, the people. No one waved as they drove by. In fact, most didn’t even look my way, as if my existence didn’t matter at all.
Now, I ask you. Which neighborhood would you rather walk in? The first, right? Well, here’s the thing…
They were both the same neighborhood.
That’s right. The two streets were one in the same and nothing had changed. Other than my perspective.
Have you ever noticed that when things are going right in your life, nothing can get you down? Yet, when things aren’t happening the way you expected or planned, it feels like everything is falling apart?
When I’m feeling defeated, discouraged, or frustrated with the world around me, there is one action I take that can always pull me out.
I think about a person with cancer.
There are people in this world who, when diagnosed with cancer, get mad and hate the rest of the world. I’m not blaming them. Hell, I might have the same response too. But they let the disease sour their soul, resulting in a negative interaction with the world.
Then there are those who, when diagnosed with cancer, decide to live life to the fullest. They decide to take advantage of the health they have left and fight with every ounce of grit they have, determined to win, whatever “win” means to them.
Personally, I want to be the second person. I want to be the one who looks at a situation and says, “Sure. I have every reason to give up, to sit down and cry and focus on all that is going wrong. But I won’t. Instead, I choose to count my blessings and be grateful for everything that is going right in my world.”
Life is all about perspective.
So, if you find that you’re having trouble creating the life you want and becoming who you want to be, I ask you to look at how you view the world.
Are you victim or victor? Cat or mouse?
Are you someone who gives up when the going gets tough or are you someone who will fight to the very death because you cherish yourself and your life that much?
When you change your perspective, you change your life. Which is really the best change of all.
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