Five Things That Will Help You Gain Perspective

It’s Five Things Wednesday!  We’re all busy.  I don’t know many people who claim to have a lot of free time on their hands to enjoy the good life.  In my experience, it’s easier to achieve the big goals when you see things clearly and have the correct perspective.  With that in mind, here are some things that work really well for regaining a sense of your place in the world, or at least are worth doing as often as you can:

1.)  Hold a Baby.  There’s no great secret here.  Holding babies is just really nice. If you don’t have one readily available, go volunteer to rock babies at a hospital.  Good for them, good for you.

2.)  Go to the Beach.  The real beach.  An ocean.  Not a lake.  Take your shoes off.  Then stand in the surf and look out as far as you can see.  Nothing you can do is bigger than that, and no problem you face is bigger than that.  Plus, like number one, it feels good.

3.)  Go to the Mountains.  This time keep your shoes on and climb up.  Then repeat number two above.

4.)  Call Somebody You’ve Known at Least Twenty Years.  They knew you before you were a big deal.  They’ll help you figure out what that felt like.

5.)  Make (and eat) a Dinner Your Mom Made You When You Were a Kid.  This is very much like number four, but with mac and cheese.  *Unhappy childhood? Do it anyway.  This will help you appreciate where you are now.

What does this have to do with the overall goal of losing weight?  I’m glad you asked.  In a long, slow crawl through eighty pounds, if you don’t maintain perspective you will quit.  I do not wish to quit.

Thanks for reading, as always!


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