Perspective. It’s everything, isn’t it? Have you ever wondered why something can be such a big deal to one person, and really nothing to someone else?
I had an experience as a young mom that really helped me to see that people are always more important than things. Our family had been working in the yard together, and my husband promised our three little kiddos a Slurpee when we finished, if they worked hard. So, when we were done, as promised, he loaded them up in our junky old mini-van and headed off to 7-11.
He pulled into the parking lot, and in his excitement, one of our boys threw the door open and banged it into the side of a brand new, VERY beautiful BMW. My husband was so embarrassed and upset, and started to get after our son for being so careless. The very kind, calm and wise driver of the BMW, stopped him and said with a smile,- “Hey, don’t worry about it! It’s just a car!”
He gave our son a pat and told him it was all okay, and went on his way, without letting us give him our information. His kindness was such a great gift and teaching moment, that has lasted for many years. Every time I’m tempted to get angry about “stuff,” I remember him and his calm manner and quick forgiveness. I remember that people are always more important than things. I remember that the way I react is a choice. I get to practice this every day!
That is the gift of perspective, -viewing the same situation, but through a different lens. That is the benefit and magic of having a coach who can show you how to create new and better results.
Make it a beautiful week!