Perspective

So it strikes me that trying to come up with compelling content for a blog can be interesting and at times, difficult… Usually for me it is just based on things that I find profound or hilarious or absurd or infuriating or a theme that seems to reoccur several times in a short period of time.  This entry covers a couple of these, but mostly the latter. 🙂

George Takei (Sulu from the original Star Trek) has a Facebook fan page where he posts content from contributors that are usually  hilarious or at the very least, thought provoking.  Today was one of those days… He posted the following picture from a fan (Joel Robison):  Shadow Picture

I shared the photo on my Facebook page because the concept is one worth noting…and for that matter, sharing.  Not that we all should live in a fantasy world…but that life gets more interesting based on our own perspective.  It is a popular theme but it is one that too often gets ignored or drowned out by our own perception, our boredom, or our tendency as a society to dwell on the negative message.   That is why I rarely watch the news anymore.  It is usually filled with bad/sensational story after story with maybe one ‘feel-good’ piece mixed in just because…

The fact is…We live in a society of people where many have decided that they are entitled to something…that it is much easier to play the victim and not accept responsibility for our own actions much less the consequences that follow. We wait for life to happen to us rather than living it how we want to…we complain that we are stuck….we get bored…we take certain things for granted.

If we think back far enough, we can remember that as children we created our own fun.  It wasn’t really very difficult.  We were able to manage it just fine.  I may be dating myself, but when I was growing up video games were just getting started.  They were a luxury.  Only a few kids had them.  Instead, we spent our time building tree forts and riding bikes and exploring and just spending time with our buddies.  When it got dark outside during the summer, we knew it was time to go home.  I miss that.  As we get older and find ourselves encumbered and sometimes crushed by the weight of our responsibilities, we often forget to have fun.  We think that fun is for kids… or adults on vacation.  We don’t stop to consider that we could make every day more fun or at least less cumbersome by changing our perspective.  By taking pride in what we do instead of viewing it as the reason we set our alarm clocks in the morning.  By considering that whatever we do makes a difference, or at least is should.  By thinking that we need to relate to each other more…

There is a song that Jimmy Buffett recorded (It was actually written by his old friend and bandmate Mac MacAnally in 1970) that is called ‘It’s My Job’.

The song starts out as follows:

In the middle of late last night I was sittin’ on a curb
I didn’t know what about, but I was feelin’ quite disturbed
A street sweeper came whistlin’ by, he was bouncin’ every step
It seemed strange how good he felt, so I asked him while he swept

Chorus:
He said, “It’s my job to be cleaning up this mess
And that’s enough reason to go for me
It’s my job to be better than the rest
And that makes a day for me.”

Some days this is hard to do…some jobs are probably harder to do it with…hard to do it every day.  I guess it is just all about being thankful for what you have and knowing that you have the ability to change it or at the very least change your perspective about it.

Lou Holtz (famous college football coach) once said:

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

So…with that in mind…Who is up for a exploratory trip down to the tree fort or maybe some street hockey?  There is that alarm clock again…  Limitless possibilities await 😉

 

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