A matter of perspective

Earlier this week, I wrote “Setting Expectations And Finding Joy”, in which I said “If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life, but still the same amount of snow.”

In many ways, that expression talks about how you approach a situation. It’s about the perspective you take when things appear to be suboptimal. My mother would quote Erma Bombeck and say “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

For the past month, I have been visiting family in the Middle East. Over here, it rarely rains from April through September; the region depends on rain in the winter to fill the lakes and reservoirs.

The weather has been beautiful, by Canadian standards, for most of our trip, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 20s (Celsius).

Today, it has been windy and rainy, but we feel good about it. The desert flowers instantly bloom, the dust on trees gets washed away and green mixes with the grey skies.

As we head toward a new year, it just seemed to me to be a reminder to keep everything in perspective. And maybe, if you are feeling negative, try a new angle to take a fresh look at your current situation.

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