Top to bottom, or bottom to top? You decide.

Perspective, am I right?  I know some of you loyal readers are probably sick of hearing that word, but I can’t apologize.  It’s simply the way I choose to live my life.  With perspective.

I’ve recently heard and read, more times than I can count, complaints about the holidays.  Specifically how busy and rushed they are and that there’s just not enough time to get everything done.  When I hear about “how many parties” people have to attend or “how many family get togethers” are coming up, I feel lucky that those thoughts don’t cross my mind, simply because I have a different perspective about them.  I feel blessed to have so much family to have all those get togethers and I feel blessed to be invited to “all those parties” that people have.  If you have “so many parties” and “a ton of family get togethers,” count your blessings, because you have people who want you at their parties and you have family.  Some people have neither.  I’d rather have too many places to be and too many people to see than have no one in my life who wants me at their parties and no family to share the holidays with.

My dad recently shared a poem with me that was written by a 17-year-old girl named Chanie Gorkin from Brooklyn.  Chanie tries to live her life by perspective and was inspired by a poem entitled “Worst Day Ever.” Chanie doesn’t believe that there is a worst day ever so she tried to come up with something that shows that your day is based on how you choose to look at a situation.  Here is Chanie’s poem:

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.
Even if
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
The reality
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Pretty bleak.  Now read it again, this time from the bottom to the top.  Voila!  New poem, new perspective.

I urge you to take whatever situation you are in and find the good in it.  There is good to be found in even the grimmest of situations, but you have to be willing to look.  How do you choose to look at your days?  Top to bottom, or bottom to top.  I’ll take bottom to top any day!

May God bless you all with a new perspective, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!

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