Posts Tagged ‘Perspective’

A few years’ experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings.

—George Mason (by Phillip Leonian; Public Domain)

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People to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand the unimportance of events.

T.S. Eliot (Image Licensed)

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The Perspective of Time

We see past time through a telescope and present time through a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.

—Victor Hugo (1876, by Étienne Carjat; Public Domain)

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During our travels, the Indians entertained me well; and their affection for me was so great, that they utterly refused to leave me there with the others, although the Governor offered them one hundred pounds sterling for me, on purpose to give me a parole to go home.

—Daniel Boone (by Chester Harding, 1820; Public Domain)

…Daniel Boone was quite a character in American history. This portrait of him was done in 1820, when he was 84 years old.

As for the quote, Boone was commenting on his February, 1778 capture by a group of Shawnees who were backing the British in the war. Boone pretended to be friendly with his captors, even becoming the adopted son of Shawnee chief Blackfish.

In June, Boone was able to escape the camp, traveling 160 miles in four days to warn the residents of Boonesborough (KY) that the Shawnees planned to decimate the town. The siege took place at the end of summer, lasting nine days. The settlers were able to hold the attacking party off—despite being outnumbered—thanks to Boone’s early warning.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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A Perspective on Age

I don’t believe one grows older. I think that what happens…is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.

Eliot, T.S., 1934, PD

— T.S. Eliot (Public Domain)

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You and I must not complain if our plans break down if we have done our part. That probably means that the plans of One who knows more than we do have succeeded.

Hale, Edward E, pd see file

— Edward E. Hale (Public domain)

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Some people bear three kinds of trouble—all they ever had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.

Hale, Edward E, pd see file

—Edward E. Hale (Public domain)

…Worry comes “naturally” to some people. Anguishing over our past decisions and troubles; uneasiness about where we are now; apprehension about what might happen in the future. As if those negative thoughts weren’t bad enough in the way they affect our psyche, they also tend to prevent us from taking the action we need to take right now to assure a brighter tomorrow.

The unexpected comes at all of us; the difference is in the way we react. If our automatic response is to lament our past, present, and future troubles, we need to change our perspective. That begins with the realization that God throws these specific situations at us for a reason. It is a test, and the first part of the test is how we immediately respond.

Get in the habit of smiling after being hit with a surprise. Instead of allowing your mind to be taken to a dark place, pull up a set of positive affirmations and take a minute to review them. Most importantly, keep moving forward. Push forward with the daily actions needed to move you closer to your goals. If our mind is occupied with the task at hand, it cannot simultaneously focus on dark thoughts.

Write the challenge down and set it aside. Come back to it from time to time while taking breaks and jot down possible solutions. By remaining as positive as possible, not lumping in past challenges or worrying about the future, we can most effectively deal with what is in front of us.



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