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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Great word and reminder. SO true. His Word does not return void 🙂
Love that Brandon Heath song that says the same thing. It hums in my head so often!
Thank you Kristi for your comment. It’s so good to hear your experience. Indeed prayer is a powerful tool:) Happy weekend!
Thais, it is an early morning for me with a very full day ahead. I was retrieving my morning emails when I saw your blog post and it has stopped me in my tracks! I have had an issue that was frustrating and when I read your blog I realized that the root of it is anger and anger left unexpressed can fester. I am going to try to resolve the issue in the next couple of days. I love your prayer and will try to use it.
Thanks, Thais. I’ve enjoyed your blog.
Hi Gera, Thanks so much for sharing what’s going on. I was sorry to hear what you’ve been carrying, but now, I suspect you will get to your solution even faster...so that you don’t fester:) I LOVE that you’re going to try the prayer. I find it simple, but oh so effective. Please let me know what develops. I’m really excited to hear the amazing gifts that will no doubt come from this situation. Much love to you. And, again, thank you for taking the time to comment. Being willing to tell the truth about what’s going on with you gives others permission to do the same. Very encouraging! xoxo Thais