02 July 2012

{Monday Motivation} It's All About Having the Right Perspective

Last week, I asked our company driver to drive for me.  It was our lunch break and I needed to go to a bank.  I do online payments, however some bills have to be paid over-the-counter.  I asked him to double park and wait for me.  After about 15 minutes, I was back inside the car and I started complaining about how my salary was immediately wiped out because of bills and loans that I need to settle.

When we finally got back to the office driveway (yes, I spent the entire trip complaining!), he smiled and said, "Ma'am, okay lang yan.  At least may pambayad."  (Ma'am, that's okay.  At least, you have money to pay...)

 I was stunned.  Actually, I felt embarrassed.  Our driver earns minimum wage and is probably more tired than I am at the end of a work day.  But, he did not complain like I did.  He made me realize how focused I am with my problems and my concerns.  Admittedly, this week, I have spent more time complaining than giving glory to the God who continues to bless me even if I have forgotten to honor Him.  By complaining, I failed to appreciate one of my greatest blessings:  I have a job and I am able to help my husband provide for the family.

"He must become greater; I must become less." (John 3:30)

How I live my life will greatly depend on how I perceive it.  Hey, I'm not saying I will never complain again because I think that's impossible.  In every situation, I must appreciate my blessings.  Then, instead of complaining, I must recognize what I can improve on to have a better and meaningful life.

I have been invited to speak in many of the country's major business conventions, seminars and conferences and it always amazes me that prizes have to be raffled off (to prevent people from leaving) and "Early Bird" awards have to be given out (to encourage people to come in early).
Invariably, the facilitator would say, "The early bird gets the worm..." but has it ever occurred to him (or her) that the early worm gets eaten.  In line with this thinking, being the first may not necessarily be good, because the first mouse gets trapped, but the second one gets the cheese.
What I'm trying to say is that life is a matter of perspective.
It's not what happens to you; it's how you look at it and how you take it.
You can either be the bird or the worm and you can be the first mouse or the second one.
The peso is up and the economy is down.
The graduates are out and the jobs are few.
We can whine, groan and moan, or we can take the time to learn, love and laugh.
The choice is ours to make.
I choose to laugh because I want to love and I want to enjoy life.
Complete with all its challenges, life is a great adventure to be enjoyed.
Three wives were bemoaning their husbands' attitude toward food leftovers.
"It gets rough," one said.  "My husband is a movie producer and he calls them reruns."
"You think you have it bad," was the reply.  "Mine is a quality control engineer and he calls them rejects!"
"That's nothing compared to me," said the third lady.  "My husband is a mortician.  He calls them remains."
See? I told you so.
It's not what happens; it's how you look at it and how you take it.
So enjoy the book and laugh out loud!
Don't take life too seriously.  No one has gotten out of it alive anyway.
Francis Kong's "The Early Bird Catches the Worm But the Second Mouse Gets the Cheese" is the first e-book I ever purchased.  I am not a fan of e-books (I still like the smell of real books) but I purchased this because I want a constant reminder of how a change in perspective can make my life better.

How did a change of perspective help you become a better person?

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