All About Perspective

CaptureForestGreenA dear lady and very good friend of mine once remarked to me, “Honey, it’s really all in the way you look at things.” I’ve often recalled her words of wisdom, especially during difficult seasons of my life. Obviously, this positive and faith-filled individual had discovered a very precious secret along life’s way which enabled her to view her circumstances through eyes of hope and thankfulness.

When I was  a child, my parents and I would often go camping on the weekend in our small travel trailer. We had a favorite site located next to the river and under the tall Idaho pines. Because our “spot” was almost a hundred miles from home, we would usually arrive long after dark on Friday night. Once we were settled and in bed, I would gaze out the small upper bunk window at the towering pines, thinking to myself just how big and unfriendly they looked in the night shadows. After a time, I’d snuggle deep into my sleeping bag, close my eyes, and dream of morning. When the first rays of sunlight appeared, I would again look out the small window. The huge pines which had seemed so threatening in the dark now glistened in the morning sun. Same scene. Different perspective.

We can make the choice to view our circumstances through eyes of despair and negativity, or we can shift our focus to one of joy and gratitude.

The Kitchen Table

Country Cottage Kitchen

The kitchen table.  In my family, it was here that important discussions had their genesis.  Opinions were readily expressed in religion, politics, family values, money matters, raising children, taking care of the elderly, education, social responsibility and death.  Typically, the children listened, and the adults talked.  That said, at a very young age I had a clear idea of the persuasions, perspectives and prejudices of those who sat around the kitchen table with their cups of strong, black coffee.  Occasionally, discussions were heated, and tempers flared.  For emphasis, there was an occasional smack of the hand on the table top.  But, at the end of the day these same strongly opinionated kinfolk showed their unending love and respect for each other with hugs, kisses and goodbyes – until the next spirited visit took place. ~ Deborah L. Norris