Inspiration and Motivation

The Art Of Perspective

September 14, 2017

The way we view things as individuals is so unique. In fact, the way we tend to see various situations is as different as our physical looks. We are all from many types of cultural backgrounds; all unique in our very own way.  

This same principle extends to our perspectives. What is a perspective? Yes, in short it is the way a person views certain things or situations. Nonetheless, let us define the word officially using none other than my good friend Merriam Webster.

According to Merriam Webster, perspective has a few meanings, but for the sake of this article I will be referring to the following one: “interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed places the issues in proper perspective.” Simply put…it is our “Point of View”.

Recently, I have had the opportunity to stumble upon some amazing videos on social media. In particular, I happened to see this video where a man who looked like a professor of some sort was speaking about a glass of water. In the video, he proceeded to speak about how individuals would view the water in the glass cup that he was holding in his hand. He said that some people would see the glass as half empty, while others would view it as half full. This was not the first time I heard of the concept of how some people would rather view things in a more negative light rather than focusing on the positive elements. As I watched the video, I became encouraged. It was a great reminder to be appreciative of the good things that are present in my life. Gosh, turning on the news, or just walking outside our homes, or looking at how people on the street interact with each other can be so discouraging at times. More often than not, it conditions our minds to embrace the negativity. Negativity poisons! It reminds me of the poison arsenic, because…it causes slow…very slow mental/emotional death—often never leaving a trace of its destruction until it is too late.

These last few couple of weeks has been a reminder of how precious life really is…especially in the wake of all the hurricane devastation caused by Irma and Harvey. People have lost their homes, businesses, and even sadder—their lives. Truly nothing lasts forever. That is why embracing the concept of the glass being half full is so essential in my opinion. Anyone without even giving it a thought can zoom in on the glass being half empty, but taking the time to refocus our mental lenses to capture the glass being half full, takes some real effort on our parts. We have to consciously want to see things in a more pleasant way. Again, this is not the easier route, but the only way I believe to achieve true happiness, and a real sense of peace in this wretched world that we call home. To see the glass as half full opens our minds to the possibility of hope. Half full in the minds of the hopeful, translates into a chance to do something better tomorrow, if given the opportunity to do so.

Every morning when I open my eyes, I am thankful. I am thankful that God has granted me life once more. At that moment, I immediately pick up “positivity goggles” and put them on before worry and doubt from the day starts to barge its way in as unwelcomed guests. I choose daily to thrive, to soar, and to live to my full potential…yes; I choose to embrace the glass being half full.

So, with that said…what will you choose today? Are you going to focus on the negativity (glass being half empty), or positivity (glass being half full)? Be sure to choose wisely, because when time escapes us, it leaves us forever…that moment in time to never return.

Join me in the fight of hope…yes we live to fight another day in faith and love!

~Contessa Thomas

 

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