Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Little Perspective

Inspired by the lovely Miss Jacqueline’s post today, I decided to put a little perspective on my life. In case you’re too lazy to click the link and you’re not already reading her blog (which you should be. Shame on you.) today she made me think.

She explained that although her life may seem perfect to some it’s really just like anyone else’s (which I would still beg to differ because her home is way better designed than mine and she writes like a poet laureate but whatever). Then she mentioned something I’d long forgotten: that while life isn’t always perfect it’s all about “finding the perfect moments in an imperfect day” (or something like that) and it really got me thinking.

While her posts are largely positive and inspirational, mine tend to veer towards the more cynical, self-deprecating side and while I’m not proposing I change my voice or my personality (because I like that just the way they are thankyouverymuch) maybe a change in perspective might do me some good.

So in an effort to find the perfect moments in an imperfect day here’s what I chose.

Rather than being annoyed and angry that I woke up entirely too late to do anything productive this morning, instead I chose to be thankful for the extra rest and the gorgeous man that woke me up so lovingly as he does every day. Curled up behind me, whispering “good morning” and gently kissing my neck I knew it would be a good day.

Rather than being depressed from once again hearing the lines “We regret to inform you that we have decided to fill the position elsewhere”, instead I chose to be more aggressive in my job search and realize that if I didn’t get that particular job there must be a better one out there for me somewhere.

Rather than being lazy and not working out because I’m not seeing the results I want, instead I chose to work out even harder than the day before. As long as I stay tenacious in my pursuit eventually I will get where I want to be.

Rather than being negative about the heat returning so soon, instead I chose to plan a gorgeous weekend in the sun so I can fully enjoy its return.

Rather than comparing my writing to others and feeling intimidated or inadequate, instead I chose to embrace who I am, the way I write, and all the flaws that comprise it.

I have found the perfect parts in what is categorically an imperfect day. What have you found?

14 comments:

Jodi Bluebird said...

well thank you for the daily dose of perspective sometimes it helps. Sometimes it hurts though, too, doesn't it?

Here's what I know today: Perception is Reality.

Wendy said...

I have found that no matter how grim or negative a day might look, there's always something that can turn into a wonderful experience.

There's nothing wrong with being a little self-deprecating. I'm like a lot more than you'd think but I also try to be positive.

SassyGinger said...

What a great concept! I have a habit of being pretty cynical in my thinking, but there's times when I realize there's a complete opposite way of looking at the situation. I think all writers compare their writing to others and occasionally feel intimidated, but we have to remember that our strengths are often other peoples weaknesses, and vice versa : )

Sarah said...

love the words! i totally believe that everything happens for a reason and when it comes to the job search, which my husband has been doing now for 9 months, we are just waiting for that special job out there to fall into his lap.

Lil' Woman said...

Yes, def. don't change the way you write..I love reading your blog..but it is nice to put things in perspective like that.

So@24 said...

Ooooh, kudos on the new banner.

I dig.

The Passionate Book Worm said...

I thought the same things you did after reading Jacqueline's post. We really do have a lot to be grateful for. It's the little things (like kisses on necks) that make every day fantastic.

Jacqueline said...

You're such a sweetheart. Thank you for your kind words--they made my day. I admire of your writing too!

I'm so proud of you for being able to change your perspective from time to time. It really does make a difference.

xoxo

Shannon said...

Thank you for the inspiring post :)

Jade Bordeaux said...

Thanks for the post!
My perfect parts.
While my BF doesnt want to celebrate VD (vDAY)
my boss brought me a chocolate rose and his wife made me a pie.I have a job security(hahaaaaaaa)
...and while my bank account is running lower than usual, and I am supposed to go over to my needy friends house (needy towards her bf, not me) she doesnt want to go out either,and already bought tons of food and wine!
My daughter is thrilled with her VDAY present from me, and on top ofit,is going to her dads house for the weekend. ...I can sleep late, and will be too drunk to miss her or my stupid BF all weekend (hell be sitting at our house alone!)
perception IS everything!

just me said...

My mom is annoying me, but not so much that I have to fight the urge to throw my breakfast at her head.

...which is the usual reaction.

Ms. Salti said...

Wow! I love your writing. And what a great idea to have a little change of perspective. I'm always bitching about something. It's about time we all take a moment each day to appreciate what we do have!

Sherisa of L'élephant Rose said...

I have found this to be a very sweet, and honest account in what I suspect is always your special "voice". Great way to be introduced to an awesome spot in the cyberworld!

:)

Tristan|the almost right word said...

I am currently having "one of those days." It's refreshing to see you rethink and make choices about how you look at things.

I'm going to try and breathe my way through it. ;)

Your site looks wonderful, by the way!


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