I ran across one of my older blog postings from 2009 where I talked about perspective. I think it's a concept worth revisiting every now and then, so I'm reposting part of it below.
From MY BLOG
September 4, 2009
The other day I was feeling overwhelmed with some stuff going on in my life that redefines injustice and then a wave of relief washed over me when I brought some perspective to the situation. I thought about what a tiny spec I am in relation to the whole universe. I thought about how most people have such a tendency to get wrapped up in so many “man made” problems and issues and worries.
In the grand scheme of things, whatever that is, I don’t need to focus so intently on the things that tend to unravel me. It’s unhealthy to get entirely stressed out on all this stuff. I can choose to let go of what I cannot control, and choose to let go of thoughts that do little besides just bog me down. Right now there’s a lot I cannot control in my life. Sometimes I let the pain of injustice (or whatever is causing the grief) to seep in, and other than for the purpose of working through things, it's best to just let it go.
I am not someone who needs, or believes in vengeance to settle an unfair score, so I don't ever devote time/energy/thought to that end. I believe in karma, for a lack of better wording.
When I view myself as just a tiny part of such vastness -- and I don't mean tiny as in insignificant - it brings calm feelings and feeds the inner peace I work at keeping. And, as always, it helps to be surrounded by nature with its purity and beauty.
I love this quote by Lincoln. It's perfect to remember
when stress is abundant and worry has you buried ...
It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men
to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which
should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They
presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away."
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