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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Perspective is Reality

Updated: Feb 21

Everything is a matter of perspective and “perspective is reality”. This is true because we decide how we see our life and world. Even the way we see other people starts and finishes with us, doesn’t it?

Our perspective determines whether things are good, bad, or indifferent. Ironically the difficulties we face are directly tied to how see things.

Interestingly, most of the time we find it easier to see the negative attributes of living instead of focusing on the positive ones.

If “perspective is reality”, we must ask ourselves, why do I see things the way I do? If we ask this question honestly, we will find the reason is we are dissatisfied, disheartened or discontent.

This is a direct result from our perspective, or how we see our lives, isn’t it? If we can agree, then we need to ask how can I change my perspective?

We do so by opening our eyes and seeing no matter how difficult things may be or no matter how often we find ourselves discouraged. There is always someone who is worse off than we are. There is always someone facing a challenge greater than the ones we are facing. There is always someone dealing with a problem more difficult than ours.

Here is where our perspective can change our reality.  

Our perspective can create the illusion our life is so much more difficult than it is.  We can overcome this illusion by simply looking around and realizing how blessed we are.

I know a statement like this can cause anger and resentment for those who do not consider themselves to be blessed. This is because some have confused being blessed with having everything we want, and nothing could be further from the truth.

You see, being blessed does not mean we have everything we want or that we are not dealing with difficult circumstances. Being blessed simply means we acknowledge the gift we have been given to live our lives now and to experience the joy living can bring.

This too is a matter of perspective.

So, as you deal with the heartache and anger of a life you see as anything but blessed, ask yourself if you have people in your life whom you love and who love you? Ask yourself if you dream of a better tomorrow, and have hope for the future?

If you can answer yes to these questions, I contend you are not only blessed, but you are also living a blessed life. Now you decide whether that “perspective is reality” for you.

If your answer is no, then I suspect you are looking outward, and I would suggest you change your perspective by looking inside.

Then you will begin to see the reality of how blessed you truly are!

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

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