The simple shift that makes all the difference
As a boy, I was making my way through Steve Covey’s book, 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, when I came across this photo.
I looked at it for a while and tried to see the young lady. It took me a while, but eventually I saw her. Do you see her?
Wow, what a paradigm shift! This way of looking at things has stayed with me into adulthood, and I try it out on many things.
You know how when you move to a new neighborhood you see the whole place in one way, and then after a year or two, it looks familiar and different? But if you stop long enough, probably on a leisure walk and think back to the way the environment looked when you first moved there, you can still see the old perspective — that’s a paradigm shift, too.
As someone once said, nothing is ever as if first appears. There 2 ladies in the photo above. The old lady looks haggard, worn, and gloomy — not a positive outlook and her countenance is down-ward.
But simply shift perspective and you see the pretty young young woman, her finely defined jaws, and her hopeful outlook into the future. All it took is a simple shift!
As the year comes to a close, take time and look back on the past year and see what has changed in your life. How are you different from when the year started? Do you see things differently? Is your perspective positive? If not, what can you do about it?
Surely, I hope you don’t look at your life and see no positives. They are always there, waiting for your recognition. They are there. You even have a story to tell from your experiences from 2015 alone. You picked up lessons, whether you had a hard time of it, or things worked out perfectly.
Yet, if you are still struggling to see it, it’s a good time, this time of the year, to take some alone time and wipe your perspective clean. Are negative emotions blurring your ability to see the positive? Are some unpleasant experiences getting too much space in your heart and mind? All these have no power over you.
Just as you would take a wipe and wipe off foggy glasses, so can negativity be wiped off with a good dose of light and positive truth. Also, if you need to, pray — for with God nothing is impossible.
Here’s to a great year in 2016! Keep God in the first place, trust in Jesus, and lean on the holy Spirit.
And at all times keep the right perspective, and no matter what happens, know you can always shift your perspective, get hold of a positive paradigm, and turn things around.
In the end, nothing, absolutely nothing, is useless if seen or positioned right.
All the best!