Recently I had to take on a new responsibility that I was not very pleased with. Actually, I had a bad attitude about it. Once I realized that nothing was going to change unless I did, I decided to change my perspective. I thought about this quote:
I can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. It's all how you look at it. J. Kenfield Morley
I decided that I was not going to complain, but instead, I was going to do something about it. This is what I chose to do and it has given me a new and positive perspective:
1. Stop dwelling on what we do not like or wish was different. Focusing on everything wrong and frustrating about a situation quickly leads to complaining. We can refocus.
2. Accept what we cannot change. When there is nothing we can do to change things, there is no point in getting all upset. It only drains our energy which can be better used in finding healthy ways to cope.
3. Change what we can change. Our actions, attitude, and perspective are all in our control. When we begin to look at the good things in an unpleasant situation, we may be surprised that we are able to identify some benefits.
4. Choose to have a good attitude. A good attitude keeps us from focusing on what we do not like or want. Instead, we can think about how we can make the best of the situation and deal with it better. We may find that we can still be happy even when things do not go our way. And, we do not have to give in to feelings of frustration and discontentment.
The power of perspective is amazing. It can completely change our attitude and mood. We have the freedom to choose what we think and focus on. I hope this reminds you to see the good in today.
Today is a New Day and it is good, Krystal
For more on perspective, check out this fun page:
Practice Happiness with a New Perspective
Just for today, no matter where I am going, or what I am doing, or who I am doing it with, it is my intention to focus on the positive. ~Lucy MacDonald
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