When I used to have an early morning flight, I cursed the hour. Nowadays, I’m more likely to marvel at the painted sky at sunrise.
If my flight was delayed or cancelled, I made it a point to show my disdain for their incompetence to every employee I encountered. Now I figure they’re doing the best with what they have to work with, and try to remain cheerful and make the best of it. And when an airline continually demonstrates it’s inability to provide acceptable service, I take my business elsewhere.
When I was at the nude beach last week (yes, your favorite blogger prefers the au naturel tanning spots), there were a few people there definitely on the north side of 300 pounds. In the past I would have muttered something to myself about them spoiling the view. Now I lose the judgment and am happy they’re comfortable with their own bodies.
So what changed?
My travel agent is still a sadist, most American airlines are still dreadful, and the population isn’t getting any skinnier! (All said with a smile. Okay, a weak smile.)
What changed is my perspective.
I’m still impatient with lousy service, and would prefer to wake up when I finish sleeping. But getting irritated doesn’t help anything. And I have so many issues of my own to work on, that doesn't leave enough time to be judgmental of others.
As W Mitchell who we talked about last post likes to say, it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you choose to respond to it. When he became paralyzed and had most of his fingers burned off, he made a choice: Instead of focusing on the 1,000 things he couldn’t do any longer, he focuses on the 9,000 things he still can do amazing.
So what about you?
What is your perspective? How do you treat people around you when things aren’t going the way you want? Do you curse the hour or celebrate the sunrise? Truth is, shit happens. To all of us.
The real secret to peace and prosperity is the perspective you choose to see the world through.
So what are you choosing today?