Mountains and Perspective

I've been realizing lately what happens when our perspective shifts.

Having our "dream life" or "dream job" or whatever the next thing is that would make us happy often just becomes a reason to be discontent with the here and now.

I recently did a coaching exercise for myself called the "Wheel of Life." The Wheel of Life is a simple tool that allows people to assess their satisfaction level in different areas of life.

As a coach and as someone who has been coached, I've done this exercise so many times. This time, though, I was struck by how high my satisfaction levels were. I don't think I've ever had so much contentment in each area of my life... certainly not with life as a whole.

What shifted?

To be honest, it wasn't my circumstances.

My health is certainly better than a few years ago, but I'm not the best I've ever been. Money comes in spurts and it certainly isn't a sure thing, but I rated my satisfaction level at an 8. I don't have a significant other, but love ranked high as I experience it daily in amazing ways from family and friends.

The only thing that has changed is the way I view the world around me.

Instead of stress, I experience rest. Instead of missing the things I can't buy, I find gratitude for the things I already have. Instead of being frustrated with my health, I appreciate the good days.

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I spent this weekend in the mountains with friends. It was peaceful and serene and just good for my soul.

Camping in the wilderness provides lots of perspective. You realize how small you are in the great expanse of the world. You see the grandeur and majesty and splendor of God.

When our perspective shifts and we no longer see ourselves as the center of the universe, but rather in our right place -- and right standing -- before the God who IS The Center, everything else falls into place.

Greatness starts with small things. As one of my current favorite songs says, "the God who does all things makes oceans from rivers."

When we shift our perspective -- when I shift my perspective -- my soul is free and the world around me lights up in beautiful, glorious ways.

On this Monday morning, where are you choosing to shift your perspective?

Brittany Barden