Perspective.

Perspective.  It seems like so simple of a word that I hesitate to use it as a title for this post.  It is about the way that we see things. I looked it up this morning and the following definition struck me: 

true understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion.

As a business coach and a photographer it is what I am paid to do.  Bring perspective.  Help people be able to see things from a different angle. 

Why is it so easy to lose perspective?  I don't know.  I have explained many times over the years that perspective is like oxygen.  Our bodies can go 3 days or so without water, and 40 days without food, but if you remove oxygen for just a few moments we are unable to survive.  That is what it feels like to me when I try to push my way forward without understanding what is really going on.  It feels like the life is being sucked out of me and it feels hard to move forward.  Perspective sets the tone for the way that I walk through life.  It allows me to focus on the things that are truly important instead of on the things that are screaming the loudest for my attention.

So how do I handle it when I lose perspective?  How do I regain it?  How do I get back to a healthy place?  How do I move forward?

The answer for me generally involves a connection.  Sometimes it means that I need to connect with God.  Go for a walk, go for a drive.  Sit on the porch.  Look out over the farm.  Get out my journal or my laptop or my camera.  Get on my motorcycle and ride through the river hills where we live.  All of these things can help.  Connecting with God is vital to perspective.  But sometimes it doesn't seem to help.  Then what?

It's funny.  I love sitting with people and listening to what is going on in their lives.  When I get insight that brings them perspective it is awesome.  I love it.  One of the things that I was made for is to help people see what God is doing, saying or thinking.  I love to help.  Ironic then that I so often hesitate to reach out to others when I am struggling and gasping for air in my own life.  I was sitting with a friend yesterday and he was sharing how he had recently heard that if you want to take an inventory on your relationship with God just take a look at the relationships with people that are closest to you.  The condition of those relationships should be a good barometer of how you are doing at connecting with God.  Simple and true.  It is easy to try to do it without God or without letting our friends in.  We can run to God or we can run away from people.  Or we can be so enamored with what other people think of us that we can run away from God and into the arms of people.  We are designed to understand and receive perspective from both places.  The key is walking in humility and knowing when we need to go to God with our issues and when we need to ask our friends for some help.

So as you go through your day today.  Let God bring you fresh perspective that reminds you why you are doing what you are doing.  And if you are struggling to connect with him maybe it's time to reach out to a friend and talk to them about what's really going on.  And if you're finding yourself let down and disappointed by people maybe it would be good to reach out to God and see what He wants to say to you.  He wants to bring you rest and perspective so that you can move forward in a healthy way.  Have a great week!