Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our ‘stuff’ that we fail to pause long enough to step back and see a bigger picture and was wondering what it takes for people to pause long enough and see that bigger picture view.
Take for instance when people have an injury. Some people get so focused on feeling sorry for themselves and complaining about all the things they can not do, that they may not see or appreciate all the things they can do. Another example is in the workplace when someone applies for a promotion or a new job and does not get it. Yes, not getting that job or that promotion is disappointing however if they can hold on to the belief that something even better is waiting for them and that things do all work out for the best (even if we do not know what that is at the time!), that might help them feel ok with the fact of not getting this particular job.
The expression that we have all undoubtedly heard is ‘life is to short’ reminding us to appreciate what we can do and what we do have in our lives. This shift in perspective to see the bigger picture can help us appreciate all the good things we do have in our lives and all the things that we are able to do. Yet, what does it take to shift that perspective and focus on the bigger picture and the positives?
On that note, speaking of the bigger picture and life is to short, the reason why I missed getting my ‘weekly blog’ out these past two weeks was because I traveled back to Canada to see my father before he passed away. I feel very grateful that I was able to arrive in the morning, see my Dad, say the things I wanted to say before he passed away peacefully that night. So between all the traveling and the bereavement, my attention and focus has not been on getting my blog out even though I had previously committed to getting it out on a weekly basis.
This bereavement has made me pause and reflect on the bigger picture of life and reflect upon what is important to me and what I am doing. This experience has made me appreciate even more all the things that I can do and that I am able to ‘live the dream’ of living/working in the South of France. Yet, it has also make me think about what needs to happen for me to think of these things more often, to take a ‘big picture’ perspective on life and to appreciate all that I have and all that I can do. My answer is to make time on a weekly basis to review, reflect and plan to help remind me of all the great tings and to know clearly what the next steps will be. As I fly back to France today, after a previously planned trip to the UK, I look forward to all the amazing things I do have in my life and all the exciting things I can do!
When was the last time you took some time to reflect on what is important in your life? What are you the most grateful for? What are the things you can do, rather than the things you can’t do? What will make you the most happiest and joyful?