If you’re finding life stressful try switching your lens on the world.
Here’s a Buddhist tale to inspire you to take another perspective.
A wealthy man took his son into the country to live on the farm with a very poor family for a few days. His intention was to teach his son what it feels like to live without the luxuries of life.
When his son returned home he asked
“What does it mean to be poor?”
His son replied:
“We have one dog, they have four
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden they have a creek with no end
We have fancy electric lights they have an abundance of stars at night
We have a small piece of land to live on, they have fields that stretch as far as the eye can see
We buy our food, they grow their food
We have walls around our home they have friends to protect them.
Yes dad you showed me how poor WE truly are"
How about you make a decision to open your eyes wider and try to see things from another perspective?
“The voyage of true discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing with new eyes” ~ Parcel Proust
Grab a journal or piece of paper 15 mins and do this exercise
With new eyes
Scribble down new ways of thinking about what's upsetting you from a different point of view
Ask yourself – How could I benefit from this painful situation if I could just get past these feelings?
What else could this be about other than the woeful meaning I’m giving to it?
How would someone on the outside view this situation?
What would so and so say?