How you think represents WHO you live for.
We’ve all seen the new stories about someone who has gone missing and is lost. Have you ever imagined yourself as the person who is lost? Take a second and imagine this. Imagine yourself lost in a field of tall corn. Everywhere you look, everything looks the same. You try to go back the way you came, but soon become so disoriented you don’t even know which way is which. When you walked into the field, you were confident and didn’t have a worry in the world. But as time passes, you become more and more overwhelmed. Anxiety begins to take over as you wonder if you will ever find your way out.
Now jump ahead a few hours. Your friends have become worried and contacted the authorities, who have sent out a search party. There are people on the ground and a helicopter in the sky. Now imagine yourself as the helicopter pilot. You have a birds-eye view of everything. As you fly in the direction of the lost person’s last known location. You notice a large corn field. You fly over it, and right away spot the lost person. You radio to the search leader on the ground and tell him the lost person is only 20 yards away from the edge of the field.
Wow, what a difference perspective makes! From the air, it’s almost impossible to understand how the person on the ground is still lost. But for the person on the ground, it doesn’t matter if they are 20 yards or 2,000 yards from freedom. Everything is the same and things have become completely overwhelming.
Isn’t life like this sometimes? We get so overwhelmed by the chaos of our lives that we feel hopelessly lost. We don’t know which way to turn or what to do. Even if you’ve never experienced this personally, I’m sure you know someone who has. And most of the time you wonder why in the world they can’t see the obvious answer to their problem or direction they need to go? Why is this so easy to see from the outside but not when you are on the inside? The answer is perspective. When you can look in from the outside and see the whole picture, things aren’t as bad as you think they are.
The next time you find yourself feeling lost, alone, overwhelmed, or confused, stop for a second and try to look at your situation from a new perspective. Zoom out, take a birds-eye view of your surroundings and situation, and you might just realize you are closer to freedom than you feel. Changing your perspective will help you better face the challenges of the day!