“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Francis Hodgson Burnett
How often do we see our life from a different perspective? Are we happy to accept the one we have always known?
Wisdom is the art of seeing a bigger picture. Wisdom also knows that two people will often see the same thing differently.
So when we chose to turn our whole world upside down and inside out and then look at things from a different perspective, can it change? Our perception is simply what we focus on. What we believe despite appearances, makes the difference between a happy life or an unhappy life.
“Change your focus about life and life changes.” Gandhi
When life presents us with a tragic change or great stress, it is hard to find perspective. Sometimes at the end of a very stressful time, we start to wonder what is the point of our life or our pain?
When we focus on negative thoughts about a situation, that is what we see. When we focus on a situation with positive thoughts and a bigger understanding of our life, we learn to see and feel differently.
There is a disciplined choice we can make about every situation we are presented with. It is easy to fall into our usual dialogue and belief about what happens to us. Perspective is seeing outside of our own pain and our own issues. Once we see a bigger picture than the one we have created in our minds, we may discover a solution and freedom that we never knew existed.
“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling, with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.” Kahlil Gilbran