What?! Evitcepsrep

by Sherry Riter in Lessons of Life

Do you know what it means?

It all depends on how you look at it.

In essence, my last sentence is the definition of the word. It means “your point of view” whether it is about issues, life experiences or beliefs.

The word is “perspective.” I spelled it backwards in the title. If you have dyslexia, the word would have looked correct from your perspective!

Perspective is how you see something and react to it. The most common example is the optimist and pessimist who see the glass half full or half empty respectively.

The attitude you have about something can often make or break an event or a whole day. There are a few steps you can take to change a negative outlook.

  1. See the positive in the situation.
    You wake up Saturday morning and you have a long list of chores to do. Outside the sun is shining and all you can think about is going to the beach and relaxing in the sand all day. However, you know that no matter how fast you are with the chores, you will not get to the beach today. You can react two ways:

    1. Act unhappy and take it out on everyone all day because you are working instead of relaxing.
    2. Feel thankful that you are healthy, have a family that loves you and that you have the day off with the time to do all the chores you deem necessary.

  1. Don’t make up your mind until you look at the situation unemotionally. Don’t jump to conclusions and react before you know the facts.
    There is a loud noise in the kitchen, so you run down the stairs to see what is causing the commotion. Upon entering the kitchen, your son is on the other side of the bar having just dropped you favorite china serving bowl. You can react two ways:

    1. Calmly ask your son if he is hurt and what happened.
    2. Fly into a rage assuming that he wasn’t careful with your possessions. Wouldn’t you feel bad if during your angry outburst you discovered that there was a snake coiled inside your kitchen cabinet and it frightened your son when he opened it thus causing the broken bowl? I know. That is a far stretch, but you get the point.

animated snake
  1. Look forward to change. Realize that when you step out of your comfort zone into the darkness, there are experiences that will help you grow and enjoy things you never dreamed possible. In other words, put your neck on the line.
    My grandfather, Robert, worked in the lumber and building supply business most of his life. After gathering all the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful, one day he felt that he could do better if he opened his own store. Rather than letting a fear of failure hold him back, Robert took a chance and went forward into the dark unknown of entrepreneurship. He researched, networked and planned. In the end, he opened a very successful store and was extremely happy.


    Perspecitve can make or break our choices.

    Consider this…

    two tiny little daisies

    It is a tiny picture of pretty little flowers.

    Would you like to smell them? Can you almost feel the petals tickle your nose? Don’t you want to pick them and put them in a vase in the middle of the table?


    Let’s get closer. In other words, let’s change our perspective.

    the same two daisies closeup showing the bugs

    Yuck! It isn’t very pretty any more! I don’t want to get my nose or the table close to all those bugs!

    Obviously our perspective has changed and that has made us consider other choices.

    Stay open and positive.

    Progression and happiness are waiting if you simply take that step with a positive attitude and healthy perspective into the darkness of uncertainty and opportunity.

      The difference between a mountain
      and a molehill is your perspective.

      ~Al Neuharth~

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    Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

    { 6 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Alicia June 11, 2009 at 4:20 am

    That was a very poetic post! I love things that make me think….=)


    2 Mommyof2girlz June 11, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Stopping in from the Comment Challenge to say hello 🙂


    3 Equidae June 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    completely agree but easier said than done is it?


    4 camerapatty June 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Desert Greetings fellow SITS follower.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Just had to drop in to say hello and I am glad that I did. This post was just the motivation I needed this morning. I have generally always been the type of person who tries to maintain a positive attitude no matter the circumstances but there are days when that just doesn't come easily and we need gentle reminders.

    Wishing you a scent-sational day!


    5 Valerie June 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I really enjoyed this post! The quote at the end just summed it all up.

    I was stopping by to welcome you to SITS!!


    6 Mamarazzi June 12, 2009 at 1:24 am

    VERY interesting thoughts…thanks for that!

    I am here to welcome you to SITS (I know I am late, but we like to spread out the L-O-V-E)! You are going to love this community of amazing women, the SITStahood rocks!

    Come by my blog Dandelion Wishes and say hello. And if you like follow me…I do a monthly drawing for fun prizes EXCLUSIVLEY from my list of followers…JUST for following, cool right?


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