It’s that time of the year again when nothing but chaos seems to reign. There is an imbalance in a majority of things going on in our lives and most of them aren’t going as planned. We have too much going on in our minds and we can’t focus fully on anything. We feel as though we are out of our control; like we are being attacked from all corners.
We can’t hide from the end of year madness. The holiday season is in our faces daily, screaming at us to be merry and bright, serve beautiful meals, buy expensive gifts, wrap them exquisitely, and cram every moment with memorable, festive (and sometimes meaningless) events. We have our own goals and targets taunting us seemingly out of reach. And this happens every year like clockwork. Can this be the year, the time when we pause for a moment and agree that no one does it all?
This is what perspective adjustment is all about. To change perspective is to look at the same old thing in a new way. It is a dynamic and evolutionary process that transforms one’s own outlook on life. Instead of getting sucked in by the chaos, this time take a step back and view the frantic world around you as having the potential for exponential change. Instead of beating yourself up for not doing ABC, finding a reason to be thankful for what you actually did. You just can’t do it all.
Nearly every insecurity in our lives comes from the belief that we need to be perfect and when we fall short by missing a deadline, or not hitting a target or a goal it feels as if the sky is falling down. When we become so focused on what we can and can’t do; we are literally removing God out of the equation. When we begin to think that we can accomplish things on our own hence punish ourselves for failing, we are then forgetting about grace and we miss the beautifully ordinary moments that reveal God’s love and manifestation in our lives.
As believers we should remember that there is more to life than the things we must achieve to gain acceptance because we are already conquerors. We are already perfect. Let go of the expectations of the world and find joy in a new way of looking at things. By changing your perspective on what you perceive as success and failure you change the way that chaos affects your life. Choose to focus on the parts of ours that make us feel good, that celebrate our strengths and triumphs. Those things that are driving you crazy which you believe will give you happiness are just illusions. As Eckart Tolle says “Don’t Seek Happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness.”