So you think you have a problem… but do you? I mean, have you ever taken the time to consider what a real problem in life looks like…and have you taken the time to check your perspective?
I wrote a post the other day…about handling life changes; the type of changes that send us for a loop and knock us to the ground.
My primary message in that post was to encourage you to look for the “good” in your painful challenges. I also suggested if approached with a positive mindset, these unexpected life changes can be “life lessons” instead… and open the doors to new and improved opportunities.
I shared with you my heart wrenching life change, my divorce, and droned on about how I felt my life had spiraled down the proverbial toilet with no light at the end of the tunnel.
I then explained that by deciding to make the best out of a bad situation, I have been able to open many new doors that I had never considered.
I will admit at the end of the day, while I would prefer to avoid similar experiences, my life has improved because of it in many ways I could have never imagined.
While I stand by my message on making the best out of everything, even adversity…I thought it was important to expand on this topic.
I do, and will always recognize many challenges can be painful and upsetting, however the purpose of today’s post is to simply act as a reminder of the importance of keeping things in perspective during the times we feel we have a problem.
I was prompted to write on this topic due to having met a very special lady who can show you what a real problem looks like.
Her name is Peppy, and not only is she a master of handling immense change and problems in life; she is an amazing roll model to all of us who occasionally feel we have a problem when things hit us out of the blue. You can learn more about Peppy here.
Peppy candidly shares her experiences through her blog while battling with ALS and has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, resulting in a mastectomy.
If that’s not enough, to add insult to injury, she is now supporting her younger sister who is recovering from a serious motorcycle accident resulting in the loss of her left leg.
She emphasizes the value of family and loved ones and shares her relationship with her wonderful husband “Gene” and how they overcome their obstacles together.
Peppy has chosen to enjoy life and learn from her experiences and share life lessons and is another example of a person who exudes personal strength and gratitude despite dealing with issues most of us can only imagine.
So often I find we (humans) get caught up in petty inconveniences and tend to sweat the small stuff and feel we have a problem when really most of the things we complain or focus on don’t matter a darn!
Oh, woe can be us at times and we can feel as though the world is crashing down simply because we get up on the wrong side of the bed, have too much laundry, or get a run in our nylon or break the crystal decanter handed down from great, great Aunt Sally.
Again, I’m not meaning to minimize the fact that some of life’s problems do knock us for a six and they do weigh on us often break our hearts just as mine did.
Nor am I saying there is anything wrong with feeling down, upset or shattered when life hits us hard… we are all human after all, but I feel it does us good to put things in perspective when our emotions get the better of us.
Many times we find the law of relativity comes into play and we don’t have a problem at all in the big scheme of things.
I am sure that once you meet Peppy, you might take a look at your own situation and question if you really DO have a problem… regardless of what might be pulling you down from time to time.
Reading Peppy’s chronicles also forces us to realize that even during those times we’re feeling low, there are many people who would swap problems and trade places with us if they could.
Though her blog she shares her innermost thoughts and “more than common sense” outlook, not for sympathy, but rather to help others in the same situation and help us support and sympathize with those who need us.
She has a gentle yet to the point gift of reminding the rest of us to count our blessings and to live life to the fullest while we can and remember to be grateful for little things such as ‘blossoms in the mirror’. (A must read post by the way )
While I truly feel we do need to make the best of problems in life, or life changes, I also feel keeping a clear perspective and being aware of the many people who don’t have a choice in life will prevent us from throwing a pity party and recognize how fortunate we are to be able to do so.
Please take the time to pop over to Peppy’s blog. I know you find it time well spent, admire her strength and outlook, but most importantly, you will learn from her and likely have an attitude adjustment the next time you feel you have a problem. Furthermore, you might even choose to turn lemons to lemonade instead.
Thanks Peppy for having the tenacity and courage to share yourself with the rest of us.