Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #65

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Today I am thankful for the moments when I realize that my perspective is too narrow. Some people might wonder why I would be thankful for something like that. After all, who wants to have to admit that they are wrong or that they have not been as open minded as they thought they were? Well, I have come to realize that those moments are some of the most fruitful moments for building character.

The key, however, to receiving the most from those character-building moments is to maximize them. And in order to do that, there are a few steps that I have adopted throughout the years. Step one is to recognize the moment for what it is – realize that it is a moment that has the potential to change your life for the better. Step two is to be honest with yourself and accept the fact that your perspective about whatever it is may need a little adjusting. Step three is to thoughtfully and willingly consider the perspectives and advice of those whom you trust and respect regarding whatever issue is at hand and then compare what they offer you to what you yourself already possess. And the final step is to make the necessary adjustments to your perspective and allow those adjustments to teach you something about yourself and life.

Now, I will not pretend that there have not been times when the completion of these steps was rather difficult, because when it comes to assessing and adjusting one’s perspective on something that tends to be a rather personal endeavor. However, despite the difficulty that sometimes accompanies such substantive moments, the end result always seems to make the process worth it. #lovebythedrop

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