Each of us views the world from our own unique perspective. This perspective is a combination of all that has shaped us â€“ our environment, experiences, both the numerous influences and influencers â€“ that we have encountered in our lifetime. And all have served an important role. I wouldnâ€™t be me, and you wouldnâ€™t be you, without our unique histories and stories.
At the same time, however, they are not to credit nor to blame for how we show up every day, live our lives, or react to the trials and tribulations â€“ both the ups and the downs â€“ of the daily grind.
So while this unique perspective may very well have an affect on the lenses through which we see the world at any given moment of any given day, we are not limited by it. We have a choice as to how we will react, or instead respond, to what happens to us.
At the risk of sounding too coachy or high-levely here, we can be at the cause of our life, rather than at the effect of it.
It is totally understandable if sleeping through your alarm would cause some anguish (which I just so happened to do this morning!) but it doesnâ€™t have to mean the whole day is ruined. Similarly, finding yourself in the slowest checkout lane, yet again, does not necessarily mean you are getting picked on by some higher power. Maybe thereâ€™s an opportunity underneath that â€“ a special connection awaiting you with the check-out clerk, or an eye-catching article about the Kardashians (are they even popular right now?!?) or little Prince George that you have a few minutes to read.
We have the power to choose how we react or respond… to everything that happens to us.
Iâ€™m going to let you all in on a little secret ~ I happen to like people watching. And the airport is a fabulous place for it! So this morning in the customs line there was a mother and a daughter in front of me, clearly in a little bit of a row. â€œIf you say that one more time…â€ and with that there were long faces and the foul tension between the two palpable. And then at the end of the winding lane we were in, one of the attendants was singing in rhyme to all those passing by. â€œItâ€™s a happy day, whereâ€™s the smile, now what do you say…â€™ I couldnâ€™t help but chuckle.
This gentlemen must have put some hot pink or multi-coloured glasses on this morning, and he was spreading the joy to each and every person that passed him by.
For those of you logical folk or mathematicians out there, I think it comes down to a simple equation. The more energy spent in guilt, upset, frustration â€“ the less energy left for all of the fun and excitement and opportunity that lies out there. And it really does!
So go grab a pair of your favourite-coloured glasses, and slip them on. Allow that smile to sneak onto your face. It might just make you all warm and fuzzy inside. Do it! I double-dog dare you.
And please, let me know how it feels ~ Iâ€™d love to hear from you!
Have a FAB week, everyone!