It is all in your perspective.
Isn't that statement so true? Just look at the picture to the side, we have all done this one before. Is it a picture of a beautiful young girl or an old hag?
The older I become, the more I see this statement as true. Our own perspective can change everything.
We can remember our childhood with loving memories or choose to focus on the trials our family went through, as if other families didn't have their own trials.
Our financial attitude can also be altered by our perspective for good or lead us down the road to poverty, either physical or mental poverty.
Our family has suffered through some hard financial struggles, but compared to what? Our definition of what is a "need" in comparison to a "want" can alter our perspective. Some will say they are poor because they don't want to touch their 401K, savings, or that account for their next vacation. Others will say they are in hardship and it means the water is being turned off, they are losing their possessions or worse .
Our perspective becomes our truth.
It becomes a choice to see the young woman or the hag. We can change our perspective, even when it isn't changed in the natural. This change of perspective can give a marriage a new start, a teenager the belief he will make it, a mother a breath of fresh air and a family stress relief from a difficult situation.
Recently, as I came through a battle and started to breath again, I heard a friend say, "Doesn't the change in perspective really help?" Yes, it does. My situation may not have changed, but it has brought forth a change in my perspective.
Proverbs 23: 7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is."