A Little Dose of Perspective

A Little Dose of Perspective

A Little Dose of PerspectiveThe dictionary defines perspective as

  • The art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point. 
  • A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

Have you had a stressful day lately?  Maybe you have work related issues or perhaps a tough family situation to deal with?  These can drain our energy, sapping the joy out of us, leaving us lifeless and distorting our perspective.

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I read a thought provoking statement that highlights perspective:

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast, you also miss the sense of where you’re going and why.”

Here are some practical steps to help reset your perspective meter.

Don’t live by deadlines

For someone like me with constant work deadlines, this can be hard to nail.  It troubles me though when I notice that I’m so busy that I’m missing the scenery; my view of life becomes blurrySometimes we forget to stop and enjoy the simple pleasures of life; like talking with our spouse/friend without interruptions, reading a book or just going for a walk.  Repeat after me:  “You need to slow down Davide” – (now substitute my name with yours.) 😀  

I know I need to do better in this area, how about you?

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Find some quiet time to just sit and process

In a society where the focus is mainly on me and discovering the next high, we need to find time to sit, talk to God and process through issues we may be dealing with.  

To be honest, I do OK with talking to God, but not so well just sitting and letting him talk to me or just absorbing a sense of His presence in my life. How about you? Do you tend to squirm in your chair, thinking “when is this over?” so you can go on to the next item on your to do list?  I can tell you the times I forced myself to sit quietly, I actually came out refocused and more at peace with my world. Just a few minutes here and there will not upset the balance of our to do list. I need to do better and I hope you will realize the same.

Physical exercise is beneficial

One of the things I enjoy doing to let off some steam, is running. I prefer the burning sensation in my lungs rather than the headache from an annoying work situation. As I run, I often think about what matters to me.  How blessed I am with the wife and children God has entrusted to me and what they mean to me. I admire the beauty of nature, families walking with their children. I think of what I may be navigating through personally and perhaps think of ways to solution; plus a thousand other thoughts.
To some degree, it’s like getting an injection of a healthy dose of perspective into my reality and we all need some of it.  I promise you, physical exercise, in whatever form you choose,
can be of benefit to your world.

What are my priorities? What consumes my thinking, my actions and speech?  They say “tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are.”  I say, tell me what you’re thinking and doing, and I’ll tell you who you are.

The wise Solomon said this:  “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

Yes, work hard, make those project deadlines, earn those bonuses, but don’t forget the simple things that bring lasting satisfaction.  Make time for your family and friends, but most importantly make time for God, were it not for Him, we would not even be talking about this.

Life is not just about the single moment we’re in.  Let’s find balance and enjoy life with perspective.

DC

Davide Colletta

Davide Colletta

Davide was born and raised in Taranto, Italy. He has a background in pastoral and worship ministry and presently works at IBM.

Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.
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