Perspective (quotes)


Perspective is the ability to recognise the relative importance of things


The wisdom of perspective


A little perspective goes a long way

  • A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way. Allen Klein
  • I am convinced that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life’s endeavors. Your attitude– your perspective, your outlook, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people–determines your priorities, your actions, your values. Your attitude determines how you interact with other people and how you interact with yourself. Carolyn Warner
  • Peace of mind happens to a man only after he has developed deep insight, only after he starts seeing the things in the right perspective. Sam Veda
  • Sometimes all it takes is a tiny shift of perspective to see something familiar in a totally new light. Dan Brown

Perspective is wisdom

  • Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. Stephen Covey
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Realise there are a diversity of different perspectives


Conflict is usually caused by a difference in perspectives

  • Conflict occurs with two or more people who, despite their first attempts at agreement, do not yet have agreement on a course of action, usually because their values, perspectives and opinions are contradictory in nature. Carter McNamara, PhD
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Realise there on an infinite number of perspectives

  • In reality, there are an infinite number of perspectives, but we act as if there were only one. Genpo Roshi
  • Let’s consciously evolve as individuals and as a culture to a “second- tier” level of consciousness. Here, for the first time, we can hold multiple perspectives. No one is smart enough to be 100% wrong. Ken Wilber
  • Over 7 billion people in this world and a single reality? Not very realistic. Open your minds. Lucas T. Andrietti
  • Some people like living in black and white worlds. Let them stay there. Appreciate all the colors you see in your world though. Ashly Lorenzana
  • There are no facts, only interpretations. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • I don’t pretend reality is the same for everyone. Diane Setterfield
  • You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • To my way of thinking, all stories that are told from the heart, that arise from one person’s experience or an entire people’s experience, are indeed true. Truth is experienced and related in many different forms, from many different perspectives. There is conventional seeing and then the seeing that arises from the hidden depths of our being. Mobi Ho
  • Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. Marcus Aurelius

Realise the great value there is in a diversity of perspectives

  • The greatest benefit of synergy is born in the diversity of perspectives. The highest value can be found in these variances.  Too much of the same does not create change in the same way, does not produce the sweetest fruits for all, and gets old quick.  Danielle Marie Crume
  • We find comfort among those who agree with us–growth among those who don’t. Frank A. Clark
  • Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the universe? Let each seek one’s own way to the highest, to one’s own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one’s ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication.  Algernon Black
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Be open to the perspectives of others


Be open to the perspectives of others …

  • Always respect another’s opinion and another’s point of view. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • I let go of my need to convince others of my point of view. When I remain open to all points of view, my dreams and desires will flow with nature’s desires. Deepak Chopra
  • In all tests of character, when two viewpoints are pitted against one another, in the final analysis the thing that will strike you the most, is not who was right or wrong, strong or weak, wise or foolish…. but who would go to the greatest lengths in considering the other’s perspective. Mike Dooley
  • That is why from the beginning it’s really important that you learn to shift perspectives. That alone is going to help tremendously in your life. Just imagine the next time you get into an argument with your partner or spouse, and you are able to let go of your view and open up to the possibility that there might just be another perspective on the situation—her view, or his view. The moment you do that, it sets you free. Genpo Roshi
  • We begin to learn wisely when we’re willing to see world from other people’s perspective. Toba Beta

… by listening with empathy and understanding …

  • Encouragement requires empathy and seeing the world from your partner’s perspective. We must first learn what is important to our spouse. Only then can we give encouragement. With verbal encouragement, we are trying to communicate, “I know. I care. I am with you. How can I help?” Gary Chapman
  • Empathic listening gets you inside another person’s frame of reference. You look out through it, you see the world the way he or she sees it, and you understand how he or she feels. This does not necessarily mean you agree; it’s that you fully, deeply, understand that person emotionally as well as intellectually. You temporarily let go of your perspective to understand his or her perspective. Stephen Covey
  • Practice empathy. The more successful you are at achieving understanding, concern, and consideration of the other person’s perspective, the more likely you are to forgive him or her. Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Seek to understand the other person, whether you or the other person is bringing the conflict to light. How do their personal energies and styles differ from yours? What are their perspectives? What are their perceptions?   Gail Zack Anderson
  • When the other person is trying to explain his or her perspective on a subject, force yourself to pay attention, and reaffirm that effort by paraphrasing what the person says. Carefully and thoughtfully rephrase their ideas aloud so that they know you hear what they say. Nathan Chandler
  • To capture someone’s attention, you are required to look at the issue from that person’s perspective. Mitch Thrower
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… and by holding your thoughts and beliefs lightly

  • Instead of viewing your thoughts as facts, treat them as hypotheses you’re testing out. As you examine and challenge your worries and fears, you’ll develop a more balanced perspective. Robert Segal
  • Do you hold your beliefs lightly or tightly? When I hold them tightly, I arrogantly believe everyone should believe as I do. When I hold them lightly, I appreciate other’s perspectives/points-of-view, even if they may not be mine. The spiritual path is not about trying to get rid of or not have beliefs. It is about holding them lightly because you know that they are simply one perspective among billions. When we cling to a belief, we are stuck. When we hold it lightly we are not stuck… we are free. Michael Jeffreys
  • Right view is having no particular, fixed view, which means seeing that all views are limited, that no particular view is the only view. They’re all restricted, they’re all limited, they’re all fragmented. Actually, the right view is no view. Genpo Roshi
  • People live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true. That’s how they define Reality. But what does it mean to be “correct” or “true”? Merely vague concepts… Their Reality may all be a mirage. Can we consider them to simply be living in their own world, shaped by their beliefs? Masashi Kishimoto

Consciously try to look at things in fresh new ways

  • If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. Henry Miller
  • It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view. George Eliot
  • In all affairs, it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. Bertrand Russell

Gain perspective on …


Allow your perspectives to change through your life

  • The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. Muhammad Ali
  • The thing is, it’s very dangerous to have a fixed idea. A person with a fixed idea will always find some way of convincing himself in the end that he is right. Atle Selberg
  • The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one. Brooks Atkinson

Get perspective on the past

  • Though we can’t always see it at the time, if we look upon events with some perspective, we see things always happen for our best interests. We are always being guided in a way better than we know ourselves. Swami Satchidananda
  • As I look back at the entire tapestry of my life, I can see from the perspective of the present moment that every aspect of my life was necessary and perfect. Each step eventually led to a higher place, even though these steps often felt like obstacles or painful experiences.  Wayne Dyer
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Get perspective on the present moment

  • Appreciate every little beautiful moment in every day of your life. Give it a try and you’ll see the world from another perspective. Thea Kristine May
  • The habit of ignoring our present moments in favor of others yet to come leads directly to a pervasive lack of awareness of the web of life in which we are embedded. This includes a lack of awareness and understanding of our own mind and how it influences our perceptions and our actions. It severely limits our perspective on what it means to be a person and how we are connected to each other and the world around us. Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Get perspective on your problems and misfortunes

  • In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost
  • If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire- then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Robert Fulghum
  • Problems only exist in the human mind. Anthony de Mello
  • So, are you currently suffering? Can you bring a little more awareness to the challenge, maybe shift your perspective and see the opportunity to grow a bit? Brian Johnson
  • The huge problems we deal with every day are actually really small. We’re so focused on what bothers us that we don’t even try to see our lives from a clearer perspective. Susane Colasanti
  • The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective. Al Neuharth
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Get perspective on what really matters in life

  • By planning ahead one week at a time rather than each day, you gain a better perspective of what is urgent and what is important. Stephen Covey
  • How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and, keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and do what really matters most. Stephen Covey
  • Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter leastJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • At least three times every day take a moment and ask yourself: What is really important? Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer. Lee Jampolsky
  • We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them. John Irving
  • How little the color of a life jacket matters when we fall overboard. If something is important, it will be important under all circumstances. Otherwise, it’s not important. Patrick McBride

Get perspective on what is not worth worrying or stressing about

  • Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff. Robert Eliot
  • Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember “Life is too short to be little.” Dale Carnegie
  • ‘De minimus non curat lex’— the law does not concern itself with trifles. And neither should the worrier—if he wants peace of mind. Dale Carnegie
  • The greatest cause of ulcers is mountain-climbing over molehills. Maxwell Maltz
  • A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety. Bertrand Russell
  • Few things matter much; most things do not matter at all. Bishop Leadbeater
  • Don’t confuse mere inconveniences with real problems. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear. Steve Maraboli
  • If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire-then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Robert Fulghum
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Get perspective on what you can control and what you can’t

  • Writing provides perspective. Divide a piece of paper into two parts. On the left side, list the stressors you may be able to change, and on the right, list the ones you can’t. Change what you can and stop fretting over what you can’t. Paul J. Rosch, M.D.
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Change your perspective


A problem can often only be solved after changing your perspective

  • We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. More than anything else, this new century demands new thinking: We must change our materially based analyses of the world around us to include broader, more multidimensional perspectives. Albert Einstein
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Change your perspective to see problems and crises as being an opportunity for learning and growth

  • The religious traditions encourage us to do more than react with passivity and resignation to loss and crisis; they advise us to change our perspective, so that our suffering is transformed into an opportunity for growth. Not only does the experience of tragedy give us an exceptional opportunity for growth, but some sort of suffering is also necessary for a person to achieve maximal psychological growth. Robert Emmons
  • After a negative event put things in perspective by remembering that every difficulty carries within it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit. When faced with adversity, ask yourself the following questions: What’s good about this? What can I learn from this? How can I benefit from this?  Is there something about this situation that I can be grateful for? Marelisa Fabrega
  • Shifting our perspective to a spiritual understanding of why we have problems and difficulties, these challenges can now be seen as opportunities. This new perspective can make room for more inspirational ways to overcome our trials with confidence, faith and courage.
  • The unhappiness we experience is not so much a result of the difficulties encountered along our journey as it is of our misperception of how life instructs us. We may see a failed relationship as an indictment of our self- worth when it is really a lesson in using better judgment, in valuing ourselves more, in expressing greater appreciation for our partner– lessons to prepare us for a more loving and fulfilling union.  If we are passed over for a much-anticipated promotion, it may be just the push we need to get more training or to venture out on our own as an entrepreneur.  As we rise to meet the challenges that are a natural part of living, we awaken to our many undiscovered gifts, to our inner power and our purpose. Susan L. Taylor
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How to get perspective


Get perspective by sharing your concerns with others

  • If you start to feel overwhelmed with anxiety, call a trusted family member or friend. Just talking out loud about your worries can make them seem less threatening. It’s helpful to bounce your worries off someone who can give you a balanced, objective perspective. Jeanne Segal
  • Choose your confidantes carefully. Know who to talk to about situations that make you anxious. Some people will help you gain perspective, while others will feed into your worries, doubts, and fears. Jeanne Segal
  • We sometimes choose the most locked up, dark versions of the story, but what a good friend does is turn on the lights, open the window, and remind us that there are a whole lot of ways to tell the same story. Shauna Niequist

Get perspective by realising there are always those worse off than you

  • If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. Socrates
  • “It’s not a problem. There are people out there with much worse problems than mine.”-Cynthia “Doesn’t make yours any more fun to bear.”-Liza   “No. But it does help with the self-pity.”- Cynthia”   Jennifer Crusie
  • If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following: 80 would live in substandard housing, 70 would be unable to read, 50 would suffer from malnutrition, 1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education, 1 would own a computer.

Get perspective by asking if it will matter a year from now

  • Ask yourself this question: Will this matter a year from now? Richard Carlson
  • Ten years from now you’ll laugh at whatever’s stressing you out today. So why not laugh now? Tony Robbins
  • When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in five years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go. Catherine Pulsifer
  • If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. Joseph Cossman
  • Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn’t you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn’t most of them turn out all right after all? Dale Carnegie
  • Get the “big picture” quickly by asking yourself “Okay, will I care about this in a month? In a year?”  If you’re going to freak yourself out, make sure it’s for a good reason. Stephen Covey

Get new perspective by seeking out new experiences

  • We need continued new experiences throughout our life in order to develop a broader perspective. The world is constantly changing and how we see the world should also be changing. Our perceptions can sometimes stop us from moving forward, so they need to be challenged and changed if necessary.  Phyllis Reardon
  • If you’re proactive, you don’t have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own. Stephen Covey
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Get perspective by meeting new people

  • You meet a new person, you go with him and suddenly you get a whole new city…you go down new streets, you see houses you never saw before, pass places you didn’t even know were there. Everything changes. Samuel R. Delany

Get perspective by stepping outside of your comfort zone


Get perspective through the practice of meditation and stillness

  • From the perspective of meditation, every state is a special state, every moment a special moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Hours of solitude, hours of creation, hours of meditation. Solitude and meditation gave me an awareness, a perspective which I have never lost: that of solidarity with the rest of mankind. Vincente Alexandre
  • Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass. Owen Feltham
  • Sometimes a little silliness is all you need to get a better perspective of life’s challenges. Silliness is the carefree, sometimes crazy, and often misunderstood stepsister of happiness.  May you be a friend to both and smile your way through life’s twists and turns.  Marc and Angel Chernoff
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Get perspective by stepping back and looking at the big picture

  • Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art — an individual masterpiece. Denis Waitley
  • Preoccupied with a single leaf you won’t see the tree. Vagabond
  • No one lives on the top of the mountain. It’s fine to go there occasionally —for inspiration, for new perspectives. But you have to come down. Life is lived in the valleys. That’s where the farms and gardens and orchards are, and where the plowing and the work is done. That’s where you apply the visions you may have glimpsed from the peaks. Arthur Gordon
  • The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up. Chuck Palahniuk

Get perspective by getting some distance

  • Distance lends enchantment to the view. Mark Twain
  • If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic. Irvin D. Yalom
  • Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye. Samuel Johnson
  • Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance! George Eliot
  • Time gives all kinds of perspective to things. Cindy Steele

Get perspective by seeing the humor in things, even in dark times

  • Humor permits us to see into life from a fresh and gracious perspective. We learn to take ourselves more lightly in the presence of good humor. Humor gives us the strength to bear what cannot be changed, and the sight to see the human under the pompous. Joan Chittister
  • Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously. Og Mandino
  • The tragic or the humorous is a matter of perspective. Arnold Beisser
  • Pointing out the comic elements of a situation can bring a sense of proportion and perspective to what might otherwise seem an overwhelming problem. Harvey Mindess
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Get perspective by spending time in nature

  • I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news. John Muir
  • You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. Saint Bernard
  • Watch nature, because it is your greatest teacher. It moves and flows and moves on again. There is an incredible beauty out there in the mountains, in the forests, to teach you it’s silence, it’s beauty, it’s humility. Stay aligned to that. Stuart Wilde
  • We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. Albert Einstein
  • Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands – a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world. Sidney Lovett
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Get perspective through travel

  • Keep things on your trip in perspective, and you’ll be amazed at the perspective you gain on things back home while you’re away…One’s little world is put into perspective by the bigger world out there. Gail Rubin Bereny
  • The sum of a journey equals a new perspective of home. Azyh
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Get perspective by contemplating the impermanence of all situations and things

  • When you remember that all things come and go, it allows you to keep your perspective, an open heart, and even a sense of humor during all the phases of your life. Richard Carlson
  • As we look back on our lives, it’s easy to see that all things come and go: winter, spring, summer, and fall; joy, sorrow, praise, and blame; hardship, ease, rest, and exhaustion; accomplishments, mess- ups, and all the rest. Genuine freedom and happiness come when we can see this dynamic, not only in retrospect but while we’re going through something difficult. This way, we can keep our perspective right in the midst of the chaos. Richard Carlson
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Get perspective by contemplating death and the fleetingness of life

  • What will be left of all the fearing and wanting associated with your problematic life situation that every day takes up most of your attention? A dash, one or two inches long, between the date of birth and date of death on your gravestone. Eckhart Tolle
  • How long am I going to be dead?’ With that eternal perspective, you can now make your own choice and leave the worrying, the fears, the question of whether you can afford it and the guilt to those who are going to be alive forever. Wayne Dyer
  • Once you have been confronted with a life-and-death situation, trivia no longer matters. Your perspective grows and you live at a deeper level. There’s no time for pettiness. Margaretta Rockefeller
  • Perspective: We are here for but a blink of the eye in all of eternity…  Robert Beno
  • Without death, our lives would have no meaning. Death frames our end for us and also puts a value on things. Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro
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Get perspective by contemplating the scale of the universe and your place in it

  • For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us. Donald Williams
  • The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be. Douglas Adams
  • Walk outside on a clear night and just look up into the sky. You are sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Though you can only see a few thousand stars, there are hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy alone. In fact, it is estimated that there are over a trillion stars in the Spiral Galaxy. And that galaxy would look like one star to us if we could even see it. You’re just standing on one little ball of dirt and spinning around one of the stars. From that perspective, do you really care what people think about your clothes or your car? Do you really need to feel embarrassed if you forget someone’s name? Michael Singer
  • It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small. Neil Armstrong
  • The realisation that our small planet is only one of many worlds gives mankind the perspective it needs to realise sooner that our own world belongs to all its creatures. Arthur C. Clarke

Get perspective through the practice of gratitude and wonder and appreciation

  • Gratitude and wonder are two of the most empowering and healing perspectives. Jonathan H. Ellerby
  • Appreciate every little beautiful moment in every day of your life. Give it a try and you’ll see the world from another perspective. Thea Kristine May
  • Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that happened this day that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change your perspective of your day and your life. If you can learn to focus on what you have, you will always see that the universe is abundant; you will have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough. Oprah Winfrey
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Get new perspective through the practice of forgiveness

  • Granting forgiveness does not necessarily imply excusing or tolerating the offender’s behaviour, but it does entail trying to let go of your hurt, anger, and hostility and adopting a more charitable and benevolent perspective. Sonja Lyubomirsky
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Get new perspective by changing routines and patterns

  • Break out of your routine – see things from a different perspective. Take a new route home. Go to a new restaurant. Visit someplace new in your area. Leo Babauta
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Get perspective by nurturing your body, mind and spirit

  • If you nurture your mind, body, and spirit, your time will expand. You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more. Brian Koslow

Get perspective by feeding your mind with new inputs

  • The mind needs stimulation. Your sensory input gets stored in memory. By giving your mind fresh inputs each day, your memories get triggered and combined with the new input. Sometimes you will get ideas or gain new perspectives. Charles Cave

Get perspective from quotations

  • Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning. When it comes to life’s most important lessons, we can all use gentle reminders. Chriswell Freeman
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Get perspective by knowing what your values are

  • Values provide perspective in the best of times and worst. Charles A. Garfield
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Get perspective through spirituality

  • Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives. Brené Brown
  • You think of yourselves as humans searching for a spiritual awakening, when in fact you are spiritual beings attempting to cope with a human awakening. Seeing yourselves from the perspective of the spirit within will help you to remember why you came here and what you came here to do. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Get a sense of perspective. Nothing matters more than finding yourself and experiencing your divine essence. Eckhart Tolle
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Get perspective from faith

  • Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life. Gregory Peck
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Final thoughts


Make your perspective positive and optimistic

  • Essentially, all optimism strategies involve the exercise of construing the world with a more positive and charitable perspective, and many entail considering the silver lining in the cloud, identifying the door that opens as a result of one that has closed. Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • You can look at the world from a mountain or from a rat hole! Most people do the second! Mehmet Murat Ildan
  • Two men looked out from prison bars, one saw the mud, the other saw stars. Dale Carnegie
  • We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Abraham Lincoln
  • When it rains, it pours. Maybe the art of life is to convert tough times to great experiences: we can choose to hate the rain or dance in it. Joan Marques
  • Too much pessimism has led too many men into making serious mistakes. And perhaps part of our pessimism comes because we are too close to ourselves to see in proper perspective. Richard L. Evans
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Realise that suffering and trauma can bring valuable new perspectives

  • There is sometimes powerful meaning in anguish and trauma. Suffering may bring about posttraumatic growth, including spiritual growth, a timeless perspective on possible life paths, and a sense that life has renewed meaning. Sonja Lyubomirsky
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Realise you lose your perspective in low moods

  • A low mood is not the time to analyse your life. In low moods we lose our perspective and everything seems urgent. Life is almost never as bad as it seems when you’re in a low mood. The trick is to be grateful for our good moods and graceful in our low moods – not taking them to seriously. Richard Carlson
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On a lighter note

  • In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. Dereke Bruce
  • Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be. George Carlin
  • Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.’ That depends… on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.” Jane Yolen
  • Life is all about perspective. The sinking of the Titanic was a miracle to the lobsters in the ship’s kitchen.
  • You always hear a headline like this, ”Man Killed By Shark,” you never hear it from the other perspective, “Man Swims in Shark Infested Waters, Forgets He’s Shark Food.” Gary Larson