A NEW YOU: Change your perspective and your situation will change
Chanie Gorkin, a 17-year-old girl from New York, wrote a poem titled, “Worst Day Ever.” It was for an assignment at school. “It took me a few hours to write,” Gorkin said. “I was scribbling, erasing, writing, trying to figure out how to make it work both ways.”
The poem reads:
“Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day”
Now, read the poem from the bottom to the top.
From top to bottom it reads negatively. But when you read the poem in reverse, the message drastically changes. “I don’t think there is such a thing as the worst day ever,” Gorkin said in an interview. “I wanted to show how your day is really based on how you look at things.”
The poem went viral. And, thereafter, Gorkin commented, “I’m very happy that so many people got this message and if it made people think a little more and inspire people to change their perspective, then I’m very happy.”
Could it be that your perspective is holding you back from living the life of your dreams?
It’s been said that about 90 percent of things in our lives are right, and maybe 10 percent are wrong. So today, begin to change your perspective. Try this exercise: Daily, think of the 90 percent of things in your life that are right and thank God for them. Jot those blessing down on paper to serve as a reminder of the gifts that are bestowed upon you. What this assignment will do is start to change our perspective on our day — and our life. And it will allow us to concentrate on our many daily miracles and extraordinary wonders. For such thoughts can produce joy, peace, and strength.
Minor adjustments in our thinking can make major improvements, for the right attitude of heart can alter everything. Unconstructive thoughts and words can limit your future. Therefore, don’t let your thinking and your words stop you from God’s best. When he was working on inventing the light bulb, Thomas Edison famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Instead of building stories in his mind of his failures until they spun out of control and he was so discouraged that he quit, Edison looked at his situation from a different frame of reference. He believed that he never once failed in his attempts but found thousands of ways that his invention didn’t work. Eventually, that mind-set and his perseverance led Edison to success. So change your perspective and view your situation differently.
Consider this approach: Instead of thinking about your problems in black and white categories, evaluate them in shades of gray. There are many perspectives, opinions, and beliefs. Begin to open your mind to new ways of viewing circumstances in life.
— Instead of being overwhelmed and allowing doubts or disappointments to cast a shadow over your future, change your perspective. Dare to go forth in faith and utter, “For God has not given me the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
— As opposed to allowing yourself to believe that it’s too late to accomplish your heartfelt dreams, change your perspective. Don’t give up. Declare, “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
— In place of being bitter over missed opportunities, change your perspective. Open your mind to new prospects and state, “God will restore the years that the locust has eaten.” (Joel 2:25)
What you are going through is not permanent. My mother always said, “This, too, shall pass.” Perhaps, you may wonder how you’re going to get out of the difficulty you face now. Yet, God has the right people lined up to help you. And He knows how to put you at the right place at the right time. Unexpectedly, God is going to bring something great your way. Keep thinking on the best possible outcome. For there is no limit to what God can do for you.
Start now. Change every negative thought or statement to a positive point of view. Focus on God and thank Him continually for the blessings in your life. Recently, while shopping at an arts and craft store, I saw a wooden wall art with these words written on it: “A.S.A.P …. always say a prayer.”
Hence, pray. Get your zest back and begin to live again, be filled with hope, peace and joy. Expect your miracle to come to pass. See the possibilities in this new, precious day. Reach out, help and appreciate those around you. Give out love and compassion. Live in your own truth. And pursue the things you enjoy.
Look ahead to new blessings, new people and new opportunities that will soon come into your future. Change your perspective, and your situation will change.
Remember, God loves and cares about you. And so do I.
Email Catherine Galasso-Vigorito at email@example.com. To order a copy of her new book, “The Open Window, 8 Weeks to Creating an Extraordinary Life,” visit www.anewyouworldwide.com or bookstores nationwide. Like me on Facebook!