Anyone Else Need Perspective? 4 Ways to Get It Today.

You know THOSE moments? The ones when you’re about to blow your top and something jolts you from that rut… just in the nick of time?

It happened to me yesterday. I walked out of a room where my toddler was asleep, closed the door and the doorknob fell into my hands. Toddler was locked in the room. The other side of the knob was also. I recognized this as my 5 year old’s handiwork since, as I’ve mentioned before, she’s a real-life Curious George.

I had a problem to solve. And some serious frustration to deal with. This was a job for PERSPECTIVE.

We all have those moments. When we need to be able to see things from a different point of view in order to make a good decision, respond well to someone, or keep doing something that’s tough for us.

If that’s you today, this video post is for you. Click here to see it on YouTube.

If you’re short on time, here’s the gist:

Four things that give us new perspective when we need it most

  • Make space for it in your life
  • Change your surroundings
  • Use words that allow for good perspective
  • Remember what you really want

What kinds of things help you gain perspective in life?

In wisdom,
Laurie

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  1. says

    I definitely agree that gratitude plays a huge role in perspective for me.

    I also try to get to the root of the behavior: curiosity, anxiety, etc

    Also to realize that no person or situation should have the power to “make” me feel a certain way. Only I can choose how to feel.

    Space, space, and more space if need be.

    Thanks, as always, for the words that hit home at just the right moment 🙂

  2. says

    Some of the things that help me to regain my perspective include:

    Reframing situations.

    Counting my blessings.

    Taking a walk.

    Scriptures (not just reading but obeying)

    In the past nine weeks I've been dealing with a series of difficulties. Our son was mugged, my Mom had an easy surgery but faced difficult complications, our son was in the Tuscaloosa tornado, and our son (you see the pattern), was in an auto accident. And those are just a few of the bigger things.

    I've constantly been forced to reframe these situations. To search for the silver lining. Find the blessings in the sorrow.

    It's kind of hard to express in a comment but there are times when we can't change situations but must change our perspective in order to survive & thrive. Many years of trials have taught me the benefit of doing this. When I fail to put what I've learned into practice, I go downhill very quickly. That is never pleasant.

  3. says

    Good question. Much of it is stopping to breathe, deciding if it really “matters” or if it's something that's solvable and not necessary to freak out about. The other part is seeing myself go into negative thinking and immediately trying to find the positive, or at the bare minimum, laugh.

    I wish my hubs could do this…

  4. says

    Good question. Much of it is stopping to breathe, deciding if it really “matters” or if it's something that's solvable and not necessary to freak out about. The other part is seeing myself go into negative thinking and immediately trying to find the positive, or at the bare minimum, laugh.

    I wish my hubs could do this…

  5. says

    Oh Melinda – what a brutal season for you and your family. I'm so sorry to hear about the hardships you've been facing. I understand better now about what you've been sharing on Twitter this week. I know what you mean about doing what you know or you go downhill. That's a constant issue for me too. My oldest has been in a real down swing with mood this week and I'm beat – physically and emotionally. But if I just keep clinging to what I know works, I can get through these moments. Praying for you to have the strength to stay the course as you continue through this season with your family. Sending hugs too….

  6. says

    I definitely agree that gratitude plays a huge role in perspective for me.

    I also try to get to the root of the behavior: curiosity, anxiety, etc

    Also to realize that no person or situation should have the power to “make” me feel a certain way. Only I can choose how to feel.

    Space, space, and more space if need be.

    Thanks, as always, for the words that hit home at just the right moment 🙂

  7. says

    Some of the things that help me to regain my perspective include:

    Reframing situations.

    Counting my blessings.

    Taking a walk.

    Scriptures (not just reading but obeying)

    In the past nine weeks I've been dealing with a series of difficulties. Our son was mugged, my Mom had an easy surgery but faced difficult complications, our son was in the Tuscaloosa tornado, and our son (you see the pattern), was in an auto accident. And those are just a few of the bigger things.

    I've constantly been forced to reframe these situations. To search for the silver lining. Find the blessings in the sorrow.

    It's kind of hard to express in a comment but there are times when we can't change situations but must change our perspective in order to survive & thrive. Many years of trials have taught me the benefit of doing this. When I fail to put what I've learned into practice, I go downhill very quickly. That is never pleasant.