Perspective

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 25 November 2013 @ 8:05 pm

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Good News: I was away all weekend, celebrating a simcha with long-time friends.
Bad News: The microwave broke while I was away.

Good News: I got an appointment with the repairman.
Bad News: It’s not til Friday. The day after Thanksgiving.

But really, it’s all about perspective. How different is your reaction if I write it another way?

Bad News: The microwave broke while I was away.
Good News: I was away all weekend, celebrating a simcha with long-time friends.

Bad News: Can’t get an appointment until Friday. The day after Thanksgiving.
Good News: I got an appointment with the repairman. Sure, it’s the day after Thanksgiving. But didn’t my grandmothers cook many a festive meal without a microwave?

This is a true story.

Lilly and I were in Albany over this past weekend, celebrating with dear friends of mine from college. And the microwave did break while we were away. The guys managed just fine without it. SO fine that Warren didn’t feel the need to worry me about it until we were on the way home. When writing the Facebook status in my head, I did it the first way. Because that is the order when one is going towards the punch line. Until I realized that seeing it that way was stressing me out about the entire situation. When I reversed it, suddenly I could draw out the positives from the experience.

So what if we all tried that? To view our circumstances from a new perspective? I’m not talking about changing the world. But I’m pretty certain it would lessen some of our day-to-day stress.

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1 Nina 25 November 2013 @ 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm

I think you’re right–it might, in fact, change EVERYTHING.

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2 Ginny@RandomActsofMomness 29 November 2013 @ 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm

You are so right! It makes a huge difference to end on a good note, so to speak. I’ve been trying to do that lately with little annoyances … instead of letting myself huff and puff indignantly over the fact that the darn washer is taking three tries before clicking on, I stop and think, “But I’m really lucky even to HAVE this washer at all, aren’t I?” It really does help.

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