Let me begin by saying this was published on March 6th. But something happened (thank you, Internet gremlins) and it disappeared. So I’ve re-written this post… As luck would have it, I think I like this one better and it’s an interesting example of how perspectives can change. However, no need to read on if you read the original.
Well, I have no idea where February went. This ‘missing time’ is becoming a recurring theme for me! However, I do know that it’s gone, and with it, goes another month of my Harper-ness project. So it’s time for an update.
February was all about Attitude. And I’m sorry to say that for much of the month, I didn’t have a very good one. I struggled in February; I encountered a lot of challenges and found myself often reaching for the familiar blanket of poor me instead of for my reformed outfit of gratitude, mindfulness, blessings, and forgiveness. It seemed as though every day I would re-charge and say that today was the day, but by the end of that day, I’d been knocked over yet again. These things happen. I will keep on working towards these new outlooks as I forward.
Luckily for me, my Harper-ness project doesn’t end here. And although March is a new month with a new focus, I will continue to work on both my Health (January) and my Attitude (February) as I move into my new month.
Let’s go to it. Here comes March, in all it’s glory. My focus for March is: PERSPECTIVE.
This is another challenge for me.
I’m easily drawn into a black hole or a bolt of excitement, and everything else pales in the review mirror as I throw myself into a particular situation.
So my challenge for March is to get better at taking one giant step back and saying – where does this fit in with my big picture life?
I remember once hearing a statement that was suggested to me as a way to try to keep perspective:
When something happens to you that you feel either over (or under) the moon about; take it in for what it’s worth and then ask yourself: will this matter in five years?
Your answer will help you shape your perspective on the event.
Another key point to perspective is always working on seeing both sides. One of the best comments my husband and I received on one of our wedding cards eight years ago was “always look at both sides”.
Like it or not, there are always two sides to every story and every situation. And if I forget to keep my perspective firmly in place and hear (and appreciate) both sides of the situation, my judgement will be biased and my perspective will be skewed.
So in March, I’ll be all about taking deep breaths, looking at my five year life path before leaping to conclusions, and looking at things from both sides.
Here we go.