I was happy in the midst of dangers and inconveniences.
Perspective is the most incredible mental tool. It can, and will, determine your state of mind. Why are some, who seemingly have nothing, so content and happy; while others, who have the world at their beck and call, find themselves depressed? It is their perspective that makes all the difference!
Think back to a time or a specific situation, perhaps a few decades old, in which you felt sadness or despair. Re-live it in your mind. What if you could be transported back to that time, knowing what you now know. Do you feel the same about your circumstances this time around? It is all perspective. That magical word which allowed Viktor Frankl to survive the holocaust. That terrible word which led a famous and wealthy actor to take his or her life. Perspective.
Want a new perspective on today? Dwell on the fact that life is eternal, and God permeates our being. Everything we do today, no matter how small, has some impact on our souls as we move forward. Time is not linear; everything in time is connected. In the words of T.S. Eliot, “I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.”