Perspective. I think we all know the definition of this word, but to make sure we are all on the same page, here are the two in Webster’s dictionary:
The technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface – the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye.
The capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance.
So just how do we determine what our perspective is, and the relative importance of whatever the topic is at hand that we may be contemplating? I do know one thing—the amount of varied life experiences one has, is directly related to the ability to keep a healthy perspective. Said in another way, the more you have experienced and gone through, the more you have the ability to compare one thing to another to determine its relative importance.
Think about this:
Have a medical challenge and one day receive a TEXT from your husband saying, “I didn’t sign up for this,” and he leaves you. I would bet that arguing over taking out the trash now seems like lunacy. Perspective… Don’t fight over things that really don’t matter.
Survive being trapped in a sinking car, with the water rushing in and no way out. I bet a minor fender-bender now has relatively little significance. Perspective… no one nearly died.
Wake up in the hospital, 700 stitches later, after being attacked and left for dead. I bet complaining about not getting a good night sleep wouldn’t cross your mind. Perspective… you woke up.
Every one of these happened to my guest today, Kelli Locatelli. She’s not just a fighter, or a survivor, she calls herself a “Sur-Thriver”. She has every reason to become a victim of her life’s circumstances. Instead she has a completely different perspective. She knows she chose this life and every circumstance that came with it. Thus, she sees her purpose is not that of the victim, rather to help people to see the strength in their own lives. Ultimately to find a way to take what has happened for you, and bring those experiences into helping another is some significant way.
I was astounded and inspired by our conversation. If you need a different perspective to a challenge or struggle you are currently facing in your life, I hope this episode sheds a new light and a new perspective. Kelli certainly has done that for me.
With inspired gratitude,
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