Perspective is an amazing thing. I’m sure you’ve heard some variation of this statement; “you don’t have to look too hard to find someone with more difficult circumstances than you.” And it’s true. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of self pity. Thoughts like, “I just can’t do this,” “it’s too hard,” “it doesn’t matter anyway,” “I’ll never change,” can flood our conscious mind and stall or even halt the process.
I watched a video clip on YouTube recently about a guy named Nick Vujicic – his mission statement is “no arms, no legs, no problem.” If you haven’t seen him, you should – his story will inspire you. He literally was born with no arms and no legs, but what he has accomplished in life is amazing. I felt convicted of my edgy attitude some mornings after watching Nick’s story. And if that wasn’t enough – I have one friend facing cancer, and another facing possible jail time. What do I have to complain about? I think you get the picture.
So, give yourself the opportunity to gain some new insight into your surroundings. Take a moment to look at your life from some different perspectives. Invite an outside opinion. Read the obituaries. Ride a public bus. Stand on a chair and look around the room. What are you missing? It’s so easy to get caught up in our own little world and think it’s all about me. Maybe the result of the things you are trying to change about yourself will actually benefit others too.