I’ve been thinking a lot about perspective lately. I was recently in a new (to me) little place nearby that served a variety of veggie wraps (and had almond milk for coffee), so I was super excited! A few minutes after placing my order, I heard four very sobering words: “I have bad news.”
Since I had been daydreaming while I was waiting, and not thinking about my lunch order, these words caught my attention and I thought the worst. I’ve heard “bad news” before and, quite frankly, I didn’t want any. My panic turned to relief, once I heard, “We are all out of arugula,” and I was quickly brought back to my happy little lunch experience. I replied with, “No worries, the arugula mix is fine,” and added, “THAT’S not bad news.
But this got me thinking about how much our perspectives influence our lives.
“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.
I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.”
As we all wade into the waters of the human experience, let us not forget that we ARE all human with very different experiences, and therefore, perspectives. To the person making my wrap, at that moment in time, and from his experience working with people in a food service industry, not having what someone ordered WAS bad news. To me, it was no big deal, since, at that moment, bad news conjured up some really dark times in my life.
I wrote about Don Miguel’s Four Agreements in my last post, which you can find here: https://beallthere.net/2015/09/13/love-light-and-positivity-mostly/
Agreement Number Three states, “Don’t make assumptions.” Practicing this agreement has really helped me stay balanced, confident and present, and has avoided a few trips to Funkytown (https://beallthere.net/2015/08/22/funkytown-just-passing-through/).
With the added understanding that we all have our own unique perspectives, this really rings true! How can we begin to understand how someone feels about themselves or us, unless we ask or clarify?
Moreover, perspective cannot only influence how we relate to others, it can also impact our emotional well-being. As you may know, I have made a few lifestyle changes which have helped my mild depression and anxiety. You can read more about these changes in detail here:
A very big trigger for me, and others, which can distract me from being present is the cooler weather and WINTER.
I’ve been dreading it for several weeks now, fighting the current, not wanting to get pulled down by negative thought patterns. I’ve worked really hard to get where I am today and want to be able to feel good year round.
So I’ve decided to use the power of perspective to change my thought patterns this year! Instead of the cold, the shorter days, and the decreased time I can spend outside (and the lions and tigers and bears, eek, I didn’t say this was going to be easy), what if I looked for the opportunity and beauty of the season? What if I focused on what experiences I can have now that I’m not able to have on an 80 degree sunny day?
The dried hydrangeas I brought inside and the spectacular fall colors are looking pretty good. Who doesn’t like to sit by a good fire? Maybe this will be the year that I try out snowshoeing or cross county skiing?
To say that I’m EXCITED about winter would be an overstatement, however, I’m hopeful that this year will be different, and it’s all thanks to a veggie wrap!
I hope you are able to gain a new perspective this year, as well.
3 thoughts on “A Lesson in Perspective From a Veggie Wrap”
Loved this. It is a good reminder to do a check of my personal perspectives and to appreciate those of others!!! The last couple of winters especially, Lee and I talked about the just how “gray” it is. We have to catch ourselves and stay in the present to admire and enjoy the gorgeous fall instead of dwelling in what’s to come. What has always gotten us through the winter months is planning ski trips or just hitting the little slopes of Tuxedo Ridge. What a difference being outside makes! So Jeanne, if you ever want to try skiing, I’d be happy to introduce you to it!!! xoxo, T Trudi.Schulz@yahoo.com
Thanks Trudi! I think getting outside will make a big difference for me. I know how much you guys enjoy skiing. XOX
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