Have you ever been in a situation that didn’t quite turn out how you thought it should?
Last week, my husband and I went away for a long weekend. We rented this super cute, tiny cabin on a beautifully clear lake in the mountains of Tennessee (aka “God’s country”).
It was perfect . . . almost.
When we arrived, we were immediately met by the laughter and (loud) voices of several people sitting outside the cabin right next to us. I mean – like 10 feet away right next to us.
We were not happy.
Now, to understand the impact of that situation, you need to know something about my husband and me. Most of the time we travel to get away and be alone. Our vacations are rarely during the summer because we want as few people as possible to be where we’re going.
So, we were a little surprised when we learned there was another cabin so close by.
But that wasn’t all.
We were also located between two docks shared by several nearby rental houses. So, it was basically like our cabin was right next to the swimming pool at a hotel.
All day long, all sorts of people were lounging in their chairs, jumping in, running down the docks, screaming, and playing music.
In order for this to be an enjoyable vacation and to get away from being “not happy” two big things had to change.
1. My perspective
Our perspective is simply the way we see things or the ideas we have about what we see.
Initially, my perspective was to be pretty irritated by all the loud people who were interrupting my peaceful, secluded mountain lake trip.
I definitely had to check myself a few times and remember that they were just trying to have fun, too. They had just as much right to enjoy themselves as I did.
We just had a little bit different idea about what was enjoyable, I suppose.
Is there some area in your life right now where you need to change your perspective?
Maybe you have a very negative opinion about a coworker. Perhaps can’t see a way out of your debt-filled situation.
Or, maybe you don’t feel as healthy or energetic as you’d like, but you’ve got yourself convinced there’s nothing you can do to make things better.
Now is the time to change your perspective.
Now, I have to be honest and confess. I’m not some saint who made my mind up to be all hunky dory about all our neighbors and their “fun” and was never irritated again for the rest of our trip.
But, I can say that when I changed my perspective, I felt a little better about it.
I enjoyed myself quite a bit more.
And when I couldn’t change my perspective, I did the next best thing.
2. My position
At one point, we decided we needed to get away and find some quiet.
We decided to follow Jesus’s example:
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” – Luke 5:16
We took our kayaks up the lake to the point where the river comes into it. It was amazing.
That part of the lake is in national forest, so there were no houses. Additionally, that area was fairly narrow, with towering mountains all around.
As we slowly paddled through the quiet, serene waters, we watched a bald eagle perched in a tree, a small doe feed on the water’s edge, and a river otter scurry off to safety.
I absolutely loved it!
See, changing our position completely changed my attitude.
Sometimes we’re used to a certain situation, so we don’t want to change it. Or, we’re simply afraid of changing anything.
Does that sound like you?
Do you need to change your position? Maybe you need to ask someone to help you figure out a budget and stop trying it on your own. Perhaps you need to hire a personal trainer or a health coach who will hold you accountable to making the changes you need.
If things aren’t going quite how you’d hope you can either change your perspective or change your position.And remember that change doesn’t happen by chance. It happens by choice. Click To Tweet
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