Perspective is everything. ⠀
Before I dive into some more stuff around habits and making lifestyle changes, I wanted to touch on something that has been a significant realization for me over the last couple of months – and that is PERSPECTIVE.
What does perspective mean? Perspective is our view of a given situation or even the lens that we use to view the world. Our perspective comes from multiple places – it can depend on your mood, how much sleep you had, preconceived beliefs, etc.
One perspective I always talk to my patients about is showing yourself and all those around you empathy and compassion because everyone is doing the best they can.
Dropping Brene Brown on you there. If you haven’t checked out her stuff, I highly recommend it!
So I want to tell you about how the little dog in that picture has changed my perspective
This little guy’s name is Cooper. Sadly, he is not my little pupper. He is my very good friend Steph’s little fur baby. Nonetheless, I have still gotten to spend ample amounts of time with this little guy as his almost pseudo-dad
Over the last two months, this guy has helped to re-shape and change my perspective. Between dealing with some personal stuff and #covid19 it has been a tough couple of months
What Cooper has shown to me is that no matter the day, the time, or what is going on in life – LIFE IS AMAZING!
So, how to change your perspective? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Whether it is going for a walk, marking the same spot for the sixth time today or seeing his friend again that he just saw 5 minutes ago… It is remarkable how everything brings him pure joy. Likewise, there is never a day or problem that you can’t smile through.
Albeit he does get excited over leaves – but why the hell not? Leaves are cool. The world is beautiful and there is so much to see and explore even if you have been to the same place before. Now, I get it – Cooper is a dog and may not have the emotional capacities that we do, but a few weeks ago he got me thinking…
Why can’t we be as happy and joyful as dogs are on a regular basis? Why can’t we take more time to appreciate the beauty and amazing wonders of our world every single day? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am in no way discrediting mental illnesses, or saying you can just fix/snap out of your depressed mood. I get it. I have been there. But why can’t we try to live life a little more like Cooper? Get excited about a leaf? Smile when you see your friends? Or jump for joy when we meet a new person?
Really, what do we have to lose?
It is impossible to be happy 24/7, as our emotions wax and wane throughout the day. However, it is possible to live a life full of joy and that involves being happy on a more consistent basis. It might not work for everyone, but what I know about me is that ever since I started having a perspective more like Cooper’s, I have never been happier. Give it a try, and maybe you’ll come to find that perspective really is everything.
– Dr. Dan