I sat there for a second or two and changed my mind about that choice of words. "Despite" felt like I was saying I would rather not have heard the news. While I wish certain things were not happening because of the pain it brings people I care about, it is a choice for me to absorb or to transform how I use this information.
I choose to accept this opportunity for growth. I choose to take this information and the fears it stirs and use it as a way to not only be a better and more supportive friend but also to use it to understand my own fears and grow through it. I am not fine "despite" what is going on; I am fine because I choose to accept what is going on as an opportunity.
Shortly after making this conscious change in my perspective, I felt like a weight lifted. I was not in a whirlwind but rather in the drivers seat. So it was only fitting that when the National Days Calendar email came through it was full of opportunities that spoke to my heart.
I'm grateful to pause and change my words to give myself back the power of perspective. I'm grateful to choose to see it as an opportunity. I'm grateful for flip flops and a date with my garden this morning. I'm grateful for the nature photography I still take even though I no longer use it as a business. I'm grateful to be reminded of the importance of being present and vow to be present for my lunch date with my daughter today. I'm grateful for the power of a smile. I'm grateful to feel the weight lifted from my thoughts and from my heart as I walk in this new perspective.
What perspective have you been conveying with your words? Is it the perspective you want to be living in or is there words that could be changed to shift this?
Choosing different words is not about avoidance or sugar coating our lives. It is about recognizing we are the participant, not the victim, and choosing words to take our power of perspective back.
May today bless us with the ability to see our own strength. May we choose words that support us and lift us up. Have a beautiful day!