Recently I was reading an issue of Southern Living magazine, and I came across an article with some advice for landscaping. There was a paragraph in this article about providing different vantage points in yard. In other words, finding small spots in your yard to enjoy a different view or to invoke a different feeling.
For some reason, that idea of a different vantage point got stuck in my brain. I started to think about how we could and should often have different vantage points for our lives.
Think about that for a second.
How fabulous would it be to be able to view any aspect of your life differently? Especially areas that trouble or stress you out. Guess what? You can totally do this.
Let me give you an example:
First Vantage Point: “My evenings are crazy! I’m so busy hauling kids around to their practices that I don’t have time to get ANYTHING else done. Forget healthy dinners, exercise and a clean house – I spend all my time in the car and when we finally get home all I want to do is veg and then go to sleep!”
Alternate Vantage Point: “Wow, I am so lucky to have a flexible job that allows my kids to participate in sports they love. And I can accomplish a lot of work, exercise or just relax with a book while they are doing their thing!”
See that twist? Same situation – different vantage point. I know which one I want to see. By coming at the situation from the second viewpoint, you’ll create a positive vibe and a chance to concentrate on what you CAN accomplish (walk the soccer fields, read a book in the car, run a quick nearby errand, etc.) versus complaining about what you can’t do.
What in YOUR life could use a different vantage point? Below is a simple exercise to help you come up with that new viewpoint:
- State your current situation.
- Consider what it would look like to someone else. What would they envy or consider a positive aspect of it?
- Re-frame it in that more positive light – and then brainstorm ways to improve it even more.
I have to tell you, that considering my current busy weeknights from a different vantage point has vastly improved my attitude – and my productivity. Instead of stressing about “getting it all done,” I feel lucky to get to spend time with my kids in the car, watch them do what they love and I’ve found some amazing ways to make the most of the time I’m out of the house.
Good luck this week in finding a new vantage point. I’d love to hear in the comments about your current situation and how you feel you could view it differently, so please share!