Whenever something happens that bothers me, my husband always reminds me that it is all about perspective. Now, admittedly, this usually just irritates me, but not because I think there’s wisdom in what he says. In fact, I do. But usually, at that moment, I want to wallow in whatever is bothering me. It just so happens that my wise husband doesn’t really allow me to do that. Go figure :-).
He does make a good point, though. When things don’t go your way, how do you look at it? Is it a learning opportunity, or just something else to upset you? And if it’s the latter, are you missing the lesson? We had a situation occur over the weekend that really upset me. I had an unintentional emotional reaction, in spite of my best efforts to hold it in. But once I got that out of my system, I took a moment to step back and look. The situation, frustrating though it may be, was simply a challenge. From my perspective, it was the physical manifestation of a spiritual attack. So, taking that into account, I did the one thing I know to do in spiritual matters: I prayed. I prayed for the situation, I prayed for those involved and I prayed for myself.
There was a time where a situation like that would have shook me for days. It would have left me in a funk. But, as I’ve learned, it is all about perspective. I can’t change what happened, but I can change (and control) my reaction to it. There are things that take place every day that frustrate you. You can wallow in it, holding on to the past, or you can change your perspective. Identify what lesson or opportunity you may take from the situation. Alter your perspective, I guarantee it will alter more than just your thoughts, but also your attitude, your behavior, and possibly even the outcome of the situation.