The alarm sounds and you begin to wake up. Your mind is foggy and you wonder what day it is. Before you know it the snooze timer has gone off again and it’s time to face your day. As the day begins you can’t help but notice the same boring routine you faced yesterday is back again. Everything from blow drying your hair to watching the evening news has become monotonous. And before you know it, you click off another day on your calendar.
Many days clicked by in my boring routine as I've waited for weekends or vacations to brighten my existence. Sure there have been mid-week surprises here and there, but for the most part one day leads to the next without much excitement.
That is… until God decided I needed a fresh perspective.
His prescription for my fresh perspective was the crisis of cancer. There’s nothing quite like an illness to make you appreciate life; even if it’s a boring monotonous one.
My new perspective began shortly after my diagnosis and before my treatment began. It hit me when I sat down to blow dry my hair. Suddenly the chore I had regarded as monotonous was now a pleasure; at least I have hair… in a few weeks I probably won’t.
As the day went on I noticed other changes to my perspective. Traffic didn't bother me; at least I could get out and drive. Household chores that normally frustrate me were a delight because I was thankful to have the energy to do them. Even getting up in the morning was easier now that I realized how blessed I am to be able to get up.
Soon life as I had known it; albeit boring and monotonous would become something I longed for. Yes, God’s prescription for my fresh perspective was working. While cancer would have never been my chosen path for a fresh perspective, I am thankful for the forced chance to look at things from a different point of view.
Do you need a fresh perspective? If your days have become monotonous I encourage you to take a fresh look at them. Every boring life can be revived by changing the way you see things. Below are 4 things to consider if you need a fresh perspective:
- Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. When we consider what others don’t have, it helps us realize the blessing we do have.
- Make a daily habit of recognizing at least one thing you are thankful for. Good stuff is happening- sometimes we just don’t recognize it. Keep a “thanks” journal and refer to it often.
- Remind yourself of where you've come from. Taking a step backwards to consider things God has brought you through helps you see the path you’re on more clearly. God is at work even when it doesn't appear that He is.
- Tell someone you love how much they mean to you. When I was sick my relationships became extremely important to me. I wanted the people I loved to know how much they meant to me. Why wait til you’re not sure if you’ll ever have the chance… tell someone today how much they mean to you; it will do wonders for your perspective and theirs too.
A changed perspective helps us see a different future. Instead of monotonous days that blend into to each other, we can begin to see God working in our everyday lives.