February 12, 2017

Top Example of a Positive Perspective



“We measure our days out in steps of uncertainty not turning to see how far we’ve come.” Al Stewart


Many successes in life come only after a looong process of trial and error. Individuals can feel pressed down, even buried, by current circumstances. It’s certainly easier to give up than to push forward. Also, many people focus on changes they want rather than improvements that have already taken place:

  • That illness is clearing up with medication.
  • That weight is gradually coming off.
  • The ancient car was just repaired.

Mountain Climbing

We all climb literal and figurative mountains. The road of life isn’t always flat and wide. It can be steep and winding. Personally, I often walk by faith.






Mountain climbing isn’t easy, especially if we’re not accustomed to exercise. A person can get discouraged when they focus only on the top of the mountain. On the other hand, there is a method of encouragement: we can look at how far we’ve come rather than how far we have to go.

The Boy Scout Hike

My husband told the story of a strenuous trek as a teen. His boy-scout troop was going up a mountain with 40-lb. backpacks. They were exhausted. At one point, the young men became especially discouraged. They groaned as they peered up and saw they weren’t at the peak. When would the ordeal end?

At that moment, the scoutmaster suggested the scouts look down. Sure enough, the boys gasped as they noticed how far they were from the base. This new focus empowered them. The troop found new strength to continue.

My Conclusion

“For now we see only as a reflection in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”--1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)

Life can often seem like an uphill battle. I’m not referring to a gentle hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains. I mean a major expedition to Mount Everest. We may be dealing with one major challenge or many trials. Our setbacks might be ongoing or temporary. Perspective is always the key.

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