Perspective Power!

Originally posted on Miss P’s Ponderings on May 15, 2012

   I couldn’t decide whether to call today’s writing “Perspective Power” or “Attitude Power”, so since I’m a fan of alliteration…I went with the /p/.  Ha.  Yes, this is how I make “big” decisions.

   I figured this would be the best topic of the day since my day could’ve gone “either way” based on my perspective.  You see, for those of you who are not my “F B Friends”, I awoke with a throbbing headache.  To be honest, even though I took 2 migraine pills before lunch, the headache still lingers.  I’m guessing it’s connected to this lovely spring weather and the allergies that overwhelm me during this season. 

   Then, as I drove to work, I literally could only see several yards to a half-block in front of me.  As I drove here (to work, where I’m writing this), I didn’t even see the school building until I turned into the parking lot.  Honestly, after I pulled into McDonald’s (missed the first entrance due to fog, so I entered through the BP side), I was a bit apprehensive pulling back out onto 56.  I mean, what if a morning driver failed to have his lights on?  I would’ve been…a bit delayed in getting to school.

   Based on those two things, I could’ve started my day venting and griping, but I chose to think, “There’s nowhere to go but up.”  Perspective power…attitude is everything.

   How do you look at things?  I’ve often been asked if I’m a  glass “half-full” or “half-empty” type of person.  I believe I’m generally a “half-full” type of girl, but I’m certain there are days when I fail to see the light and rather focus on the clouds.  What about you?

   If you get pulled over and receive a speeding ticket, would you say…
“I can’t believe I didn’t see that cop; now I have a fine.” 
“I’m glad he stopped me before my speeding caused an accident.”

If your doctor finds something troublesome on test results, do you think…
“Why in the world did I get that test done in the first place?” 
“I’m glad he found that, so he can start treating it before it gets worse.”

When your students disrupt your teaching, forget their homework, and make bad behavior choices, do you wonder…
“Why didn’t I call in sick today?” 
“I wonder what caused them to have such a bad day?  Maybe I can help make it better.”

   To be honest, even though I consider myself a positive and perky person, I wouldn’t always choose the latter choice.  It all depends on my day.  It depends on my attitude, which perspective I would have.

   However, when people ask me how I am, I generally say “peachy”.  Always?  No.  Today, when a student asked me how I was doing, I told her my head was throbbing. But most days…I choose to be “peachy”.  I figure there are a lot of people who have a lot worse things going on in their lives.  I know people who have lost their jobs, who don’t have enough money to pay their bills, who have serious medical issues…so why should I complain because of a headache and a foggy drive?  It’s all in one’s perspective.

   The other thing, besides a personal choice, that helps me maintain a positive perspective is prayer.  When I get frustrated with a decision that an administrator or the school board has made, I pray for that person.  I pray that their decisions be made in wisdom and that I would have a peace about those decisions.  When I get a “not-so-nice” note from a parent, I pray for their family and for my witness to them.  I ask God to shine through me in my communication, so I don’t get pulled into negativity.  When bad things happen in my journey, I try and thank God for them anyway and acknowledge that even the things that seem bad in “my thinking” will be used for my good and His glory.  Yes, prayer helps me stay positive.

What else helps?  Music and/or meditation.  When frustrations come my way, I meditate on verses engraved on my  heart. 

  • “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10a
  • “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28    

Or, I begin singing a song either in my heart or aloud…

  • “Be Still & Know that He is God” –Steven Curtis Chapman
  • “Be Still” –Kari Jobe
  • “How Great is Our God” –Chris Tomlin

   Obviously, those aren’t the only verses that I’ll ruminate on or the only songs I sing…but you get the point. 
I can choose how I react to things.  I can pray about difficulties.  I can meditate on His Word.  I can sing His praises. 
Those things…help me choose to be joyful.

Each day, we have a choice to make.  Each hour, we have a choice to make. Each moment, we have a choice to make.

What will you choose?

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