2011 was filled with lots of ups and downs. Of my friends some say it was a great year. Others were happy to move on.
You know, I think it’s all about perspective.
In 365 days you can experience a lot. It’s what you focus on that shapes your perspective. I don’t know about you, but when I leave my thoughts unchecked, I can tend to focus on the hard stuff, the negative stuff, and the just plain depressing stuff.
I think all of us fall into this trap. When I was in retail, most of my employees could tell you about all the negative customers, but in retrospect they were a handful compared to the hundreds of happy people we served. Because the happy people were easy, they got overlooked.
Last night we celebrated New Year by cooking several Julia Child dishes. Here’s a woman full of perspective. Butter was her middle name, yet she never worried about cholesterol. Life was an adventure for her. Even though she didn’t find her calling until later in life, she always looked at the next step with enthusiasm. Where you might find most people moaning, you could find Julia Child eager to explore.
A Balancing Exercise
To make sure I balance my perspective, every year I go back through my calendar to remind myself of all the awesome things that happened the previous year. It’s a great exercise to put things back into perspective. Sometimes even the yucky stuff can have a positive outcome you couldn’t see at the time.
You have a choice for 2012. You can focus on the things that “went wrong” or you can focus on all the small positive things. I choose the later, how about you?