The other evening I was with some friends and the contact in my left eye was really bothering me.
As it turned out it had a little tear in it and needed to be thrown away on the spot. This left me with split vision.
As I looked down to read the menu I covered my right eye, so that my left no-contact eye could read. And when I drove home, I squinted my left eye, so that my right eye with a contact could clearly and safely see the road ahead of me.
On the other hand, if I tried to look at the menu with my right-eye it was a blur, and vice versa for driving with the left-eye.
This got me thinking about how we can see the exact same things differently during our life. Depending on emotional maturity, the state of your finances or marriage, with or without children, feeling spiritual or not… this experience got me reconnected with the concept of how life can be the same, but oh-so-different.
Not just year to year, or month to month, but even day to day or moment to moment.
My favorite definition of the word miracle is “a shift in perspective.”
Have you ever had one of those “a‑has”, where nothing changed externally, but all of a sudden something you had been struggling with shifted and made sense. Or even a bigger experience; when you realize that you didn’t even know you were struggling or judging, and then it became obvious.
I love when that happens! There are few things that excite me more than a fresh perspective. Even, if it doesn’t fit me exactly…it’s nice to know that I have an openness that makes me the kind of woman who is continuously letting go of old ideas about how things must be.
This doesn’t mean than I don’t have strong values or views, but I am equally devoted to not being hostile.
Hostility, anger, better-than attitude, self-righteous indignation and resentment are the top offenders against joy in your life. Not only because you suffer, but, because your effectiveness in life diminishes.
That’s not to say that you can’t be angry and effective. But, ask yourself;
Is this how I want to live? Who I want to be? What I want to fill my day and the day of my family, friends and colleagues with?
No doubt you can find things in your life that warrant anger or frustration. But ask yourself…is carrying this anger helpful?
Is expressing my frustration in this moment productive? Unifying? A solution?
Some people are great at just deciding to be different, or think differently.
I, however, find lasting power from a Higher source.
One of my favorite prayers is; God, please help me see things through your eyes.”
Sometimes it takes a while, but more often; Bing-bam-boom! Instant compassion. It’s such a powerful tool.
I’d love to hear about what does and doesn’t work for you. Where you might see that you struggle or suffer needlessly.
I’m here to tell you: you don’t have to live that way!
As always, I’m in your corner…
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