Keep Things In Perspective Ross | December 29th, 2008

It is not unusual to get bent out of shape, become angry, and to express our frustrations when things don’t go as planned. We do this when a potential client doesn’t select us for an assignment, when someone says something negative about us, our companies or people we care about, and in many more situations.

When we are presented with frustrating news and situations, we often forget to keep things in perspective. An incident this past weekend reminded me about the importance of perspective.

Due to very heavy snow fall and rain in Chicago, many areas experienced flooding. The neighbors immediately next to our house were out of town – we called them to let them know about the flooding and to see if they had someone check their house. They already knew about the flooding. It turns out that they were visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and just as they had completed their visit, they received a call from their home alarm company reporting about the flooding and letting them know that their basement had more than a foot of standing water.

Our neighbor’s basement was ruined completely, but it paled in comparison to what they saw during their visit to the Holocaust Museum. The news about the flooding certainly wasn’t good, but when put in perspective, it wasn’t much.

I am not suggesting that you ignore frustrating news and situations. But when you presented with such news and situations, keep things in perspective.

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  • sonnygill

    Good advice, Ross.

    Perspective or attitude, it’s all the same. I tend to sway towards my optimism and having a positive outlook on things when they go awry. You have to realize that sometimes, things aren’t in your control and instead of flipping out or getting angry at the people around you, make the best out of the situation and take the necessary steps to move forward. It’ll only help the problem at hand – not to mention your blood pressure.

  • jmarfurt

    wow, what a great story…perfect example of “keeping things in perspective”! thanks for sharing Ross :)

  • ArtbyAudree

    Ross,

    Funny you should post this now – Yesterday I submitted my New Year’s cartoon for the paper, and the last item on my mock-resolution list is about getting a NEW perspective. This coming year may be full of frustrations, but it’s at times like these that we need to remember what’s REALLY important.

  • http://www.crowdspring.com Ross

    @sonnygill – Agreed that perspective and attitude are the same. I’ve learned to balance out both good and bad news and to try not to hit emotional peaks on either side.

    @jmarfurt – you’re welcome!

    @ArtbyAudress – I absolutely agree!

  • http://www.crowdspring.com Ross

    @sonnygill – Agreed that perspective and attitude are the same. I’ve learned to balance out both good and bad news and to try not to hit emotional peaks on either side.

    @jmarfurt – you’re welcome!

    @ArtbyAudress – I absolutely agree!

  • ansys

    I am really inspired with this story and thanks for sharing such a good story to us.

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