Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life

Recently I left my beloved and soon-to-be-new home in the Southwest. As is my ritual, I stopped in my favorite airport store, where I noticed this:

May the sun bring you new energy by day,

May the moon softly restore you by night,

May rain the wash away your worries,

May the breeze blow new strength into your being,

May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.

~ Apache Blessing

Which got me thinking: “walking gently” through this world?

Really?

Ah, new vocabulary words: walking and gently.

I’m an internationally certified multi-processor. I’ve won awards for my ability to stay constantly in motion. And I’ve raised impatience to an art form.

So, “walk” and “gently” are not adjectives usually ascribed to me.

Ring any bells with you?

What if we fully embraced this blessing? Came to believe that something larger than ourselves is at work, guiding us on our sacred journey? How might our lives change?

Morning would awaken our vitality and not be the harbinger of new stressors and endless to-do lists.

Evening would signal a time for personal restoration and nurturing, not a rehash of the day’s regrets and should have gotten to’s.

Rain would remind us that burdens and worries are soluble, able to stream off us, rather than accumulating weights locking us in place.

And, wind would become a revitalizing force, filling our souls with forward momentum instead of something to be faced with head down and jaw clenched.

Can you feel how the change of perspective can shift our thinking?

Energy. Restoration. Cleansing. Strength. These are gifts that truly keep on giving.

And by gently walking through life we can take the time to become aware of the beauty around us. And offer our eternal thanks.

Slowing my pace, and really noticing…

 

Your Call to Action

Pick one of these perspectives from the Blessing, and then identify a way to incorporate it in your life. Next, promise to honor yourself daily with this mind shift. What do you notice about your body’s response to this change?

 

Comments

Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life — 8 Comments

  1. Robin, this is so true to you and how you have grown.
    You know I enjoy reading your blog, every week.
    I love sharing with you
    Ron

    • So, let me know which perspective you choose and how it’s going. I am walking today but of course, that’s easy. I just came back from a vacation. Next week will be the real test. Can I maintain this ease? Wishing us both good luck on our new behaviors!

  2. Robin, I liked the part in the Apache prayer about walking gently in the world. I love this quote by Ann Lamott: “the road to enlightenment is long. Bring lots of snacks and magazines!”

  3. In our modern high-paced world, any reminder to slow down and experience life is a good one. Thanks for the reminder today.

  4. LOVE IT!!

    This past weekend I participated in the Tussey Mountain mud run with some of my favorite colleagues. It was 8 miles in total, up and down the mountain numerous times, and a run on paved roads with 22 obstacles scattered throughout. Our team worked together to get through the obstacles, facing torrential rains, and overcoming fears (heights, darkness, water, fire, enclosed spaces).

    The many climbs up the mountain were tough; my leg muscles were burning and shaking; fatigue had set in long ago. I can remember focusing on putting one foot in front of the other to keep moving forward. When I had to stop, I didn’t spend time looking ahead at how much further I needed to go. Instead, I looked down the mountain to see how far I’d made it, and that motivated me to keep pushing on.

    Recognizing that you have the ability to change your perspective and shift your thinking is paramount – and it’s all up to you.

    Great post 🙂

  5. First, congrats on completing the course! It’s so easy to accentuate the negative and minimize the positive. Instead you consciously chose to focus on the accomplishment. And that made all the difference in the world. Inspirational!