In a way, I feel like someone is trying to tell me something, because I’ve noticed a common theme in the conversations I’ve had with close friends lately...the basis being—how in the world are we supposed to manage all the stress that life seems to be posing lately?
See, people always talk about having perspective...but I often feel it’s the scope of perspective that matters. I’ve realized, that our perspective doesn’t necessarily mean focusing on the whole—as for many of us...this can feel extremely overwhelming. Instead, it may be honing in on the littlest of things in front of us, instead of stepping back to view the “big” picture.
We all have a different story, with a different premise & unique specifics. Yet, we’re all still climbing the SAME mountain...not only trying to achieve a life of balance, but to find contentment in the process.
I personally have had a grip of change in the last year—some very positive, & some unforeseen & insanely challenging. I also currently lead a much slower-paced life, which can bring on a different set of stresses, & also puts me in a position where I’m alone with my thoughts almost constantly. It’s that buzzing in my brain that I so often fight to control, yet sometimes the volume seems unbearably loud.
This is me—so tired, but smiling—with my youngest rescue, as we took both her & my senior down the street for coffee early this morning. THIS🏻...is what perspective looks like for me. It’s fixating on the smallest of joys, the quality time I am so fortunate to have with my family, even if it’s a mere 30-min coffee date. I used to take these times with a grain of salt...but if I’ve learned anything in the last year, it’s that THESE small blips on the map are exactly what we strive for. They’re in front of us so often—literally staring at us in the face—and it’s up to us to be present enough to recognize these gifts. This...right here, is contentment. 🏻xx #thegiftofgoods - 2 hours ago