Updated: Feb 12
As I look out the window into a sea of shades of white, I can't help but think how lucky I am. I am so lucky to be surrounded by the beauty of nature covered in the shimmer of winter. I think the latest snowfall is prettier than ever before. The winter fog has covered the trees with crystals, making every surface glisten. Even the cold-haters could appreciate the rare beauty that winter has brought Wisconsin this past week.
One of the biggest changes that happened for me once I formed a relationship with God kind of caught me by surprise. Maybe because it was gradual, or maybe I didn't even recognize what was happening at first. My new found perspective gave me a whole new lens that I viewed the world through. I now looked at everything around me a little differently. Challenges were now blessings, good moments were now great, hard times were still hard but had a new element of hope behind them. My perspective changed to positive and the world around me became a little brighter. We may not be in control of our circumstances, but we do have control of our perspective.
Honestly, winter is not my favorite. I have Raynaud's disease so cold and I do not mix well. I can't even make it through the produce section of the grocery store without shivering and my fingers turning into icicles. Finding winter enjoyable when you are cold 24-7 is a bit of a challenge. But the reality is I live in Wisconsin. Sure, I could move to a warmer climate, but living near my family is more important than warm weather every day.. I could wallow in my shivers or choose to find the beauty in my surroundings.
How do you honestly view the world around you? Do you have a positive perspective or do you view everything under the lens of negativity? That could be hard to answer if you have an Eeyore attitude. Honestly, I didn't even realize how negative I was until I saw my surroundings in a positive light. Maybe that is the same for you. Maybe you don't even realize how your perspective is affecting your attitude every day. Over the next few weeks I will unpack how a change in perspective just may change your life.