We’ve all heard of the ol’ proverbial glass half empty vs half full. This phrase is referencing perspective, or the ability to see the silver lining in the storm clouds. Perspective helps to remind us what is important, and what is not. It allows us to not sweat the small stuff and realize that (mostly) everything is temporary. Perspective doesn’t make problems go away, but it does allow us to view them in a less magnified, catastrophic way, so overcoming them seems more doable.
However, perspective is a skill. It is not something that people are born with, but rather an ability developed and strengthened over time. And, more often than not, it is an active process. Perspective is often something that one needs to remind themselves of, and choose to observe things in a particular light. It’s true that things may not always go the way we had hoped or intended. But, it’s amazing how using the power of positive perception (try saying THAT 5 times fast) may just turn things around to your advantage.