“Change your perspective… and everything changes.”
We talk a lot about self-reflection, which is beneficial for our mental health. An inward perspective allows us to discover our needs, wants and desires. We know it’s important to do this regularly – check in with yourself.
Sometimes it’s best to change your perspective from inward to outward. This stabilizes our emotions and gives us insight to how others are viewing the world – we begin to see what others are going through. Empathy and understanding help us create connected-ness.
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Here’s an example. I try to shift my perspective when I’m driving in heavy traffic. The stress gets to me and I usually get upset. I lose my patience. Shifting my perspective in that situation means thinking about what it’s like to be the other drivers. Maybe they had a long, tiring day. If someone ahead of me or behind me seems angry, impatient and cuts me off, I try to send them good energy. I sincerely want their day to get better. How could I not? Taking a moment to think about it makes a difference. This helps me relax and become more patient – I just have to be mindful of making that perspective shift.
I invite you to try it the next time you’re sitting in rush hour traffic. Send a little light and good energy to the drivers around you. Notice what happens.
How else can you create perspective shifts in your life?