Amy Rees Anderson

Look at it from a different perspective

Over the weekend I thought quite a bit about gratitude and our ability to completely change our thinking and perspective of situations that would be easy to be upset about or frustrated about to instead see a situation where there is something to feel truly grateful for.  I realize that as easy as it sounds for me to say that, in the moment of frustration it can feel impossible to actually do it, but I think this little article below shows how that it really can be easy to what could have been a negative or bad thing and find the reason to be grateful and happy about it. All it takes is forcing ourselves to think about things from a different perspective:

I Am Thankful  Author Unknown

I am thankful for the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight because she is home with me and not with someone else.

For the husband who is on the sofa who is being a couch potato because he is home with me and not out at the bars.

For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because that he or she is at home, not on the streets.

For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I, am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.

For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am able to walk and that I have been blessed with transportation.

For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.

For the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means that I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.

For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive.

Finally, for too much email, because it means I have friends who a thinking of me.

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What a great way to look at things! Try it for a day…just one day to start…take every frustrating situation and force yourself to find another perspective to look at it with…then see how much happier you feel when the day is over.

Have a great one everyone!

~Amy

 

4 Comments

  • Mitali says:

    Am thankful too 🙂

  • tome says:

    Great perspective.

  • Elton J Colbert says:

    Amy, this is such an important topic and I don’t believe enough of us value perspective for what it’s really worth. I could go on but I’ll just say that perspective garnered through time usually breaks down absolutes and we end up changing our tune. So, be wary of absolutes, because they don’t have legs in the face of perspective. Thanks for the great post!

  • yeshoda says:

    This is an amazing post Amy. My life has become already better after reading this.
    Thank you so much for thinking like this and sharing.

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